Enugu Assembly endorses local government autonomy

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By Chinedu Adonu

ENUGU—ENUGU State House of Assembly, yesterday assured the National Union of Local Government Employees,   NULGE,   that they are behind them in the quest to ensure the actualisation of local government   autonomy.

Speaker of the House, Hon. Edward Ubosi who spoke the mind of the Assembly when a team of NULGE and Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC , paid a solidarity   visit to the Assembly Complex, said  they will vote in support of local government autonomy which has been in the front burner for some time.

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Ubosi said that since the state assemblies are fighting   for autonomy,   there is no way they will not support the local councils to be autonomous.

He said that he knew much about the local government system not to support   the council autonomy   because,    he was once a councillor and council chairman before he became a legislator.

“I am part of the local government.   I was   once a councillor and later,  a local government   chairman.   I am used to anything   about   local government.   If you ask me  to vote,   I’ll vote for local government   autonomy,“ Ubosi   said.

He however   said that getting the local government   autonomy   might not be that easy and advised that the local government   authorities consult the relevant authorities to ensure that the autonomy   is granted.

The speaker seized the opportunity   to inform the labour leaders that council workers in Enugu State will soon smile because plans are underway   to pay their outstanding   salaries, leave allowances as well as pensions.

He disclosed that from September 18, 2017, “all the local government   pensions and leave allowances will be paid.”

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