By Bukola Adewumi
Abuja, Dec 16, 2018 (NNN) The Association of Local Government Vice Chairmen of Nigeria has called on states yet to approve the local government autonomy to do so, to ensure freedom and independence.
Mr Lawrence Onochukwu, the Chairman of the association, said this at a news conference on Sunday in Abuja.
He said that the National Assembly had approved autonomy for local governments and forwarded to state houses of assembly to follow suit.
According to him, the autonomy bill requires two third of the state houses of assembly which, according to him, about 12 states have given approval while still waiting for others.
Onochukwu, who is also the Vice Chairman of Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), appealed to other states to take a cue from the 12 states.
According to him, autonomy is being independent and free and when you don’t have such, there will be no room for development.
He said that all the vice chairmen of the 774 local governments in the country were coming together to contribute their quota to the development of the country, adding that the welfare of their members remained their priority.
“This is not a political gathering. Though we are coming from different political parties, our purpose is to add our voices to the development of the country and the third tier of government,” he said.
Onochukwu said that their loyalty remained with their principal, adding that the association was not formed to fight but rather to help pursue an independent local government administration.
“Our relationships with our bosses still remained cordial, our loyalty to them is unshaken,” he said.
He said that members whose states refused to conduct local government election would not be admitted to its fold, adding that it would never allow those who were not democratically elected to infiltrate their ranks.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) reports that the association will hold its first maiden programme titled “prospect and challenges of local government in Nigeria on Dec. 18 in Abuja.
Edited by Chioma Ugboma/Idris Abdulrahman