Tony Okafor, Awka
The National Union of Local Government Employees, Anambra State Chapter, has called for a law to prevent governors from hijacking funds meant for local governments.
The state President of NULGE, Jerry Nnubia, stated this in Awka at a function to mark the 40th anniversary of the union on Sunday.
He lamented that most state Houses of Assembly had been colluding with governors to misappropriate funds meant for local governments.
He called on the state Houses of Assembly yet to pass the LG Autonomy Bill to do so without further delay.
Nnubia said, “The passage of the bill will give room for inclusiveness, good governance, accountability and delivery of democracy dividends to the people at the grassroots.”
He blamed the problems in local government administration in the country on the constitution providing a joint account with state governments.
The NULGE chief said, “These provisions among others gave impetus to state governments to hijack the running of the affairs of the local government councils including their finances according to their whims and caprices.
“This has rendered the local government system very ineffective in the discharge of its constitutional responsibilities to rural dwellers.”
Nnubia, who doubles as the state chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, called on Anambra State Governor Willie Obiano to scrapped the Contributory Pension Scheme, saying the scheme had not benefitted workers in the state since it was put in place in 2014.
He said,” The government has continued to deduct the salaries of workers in the state in the name of the scheme without remitting same and that of government counterpart contribution to the appropriate quarters.”
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