Members of the public across the country have been charged to vote out all elected office holders that are not in favour of local government autonomy come 2023.
The President of Oyo State chapter of Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Com. Ayobami Adeogun recently gave this charge in a live radio programme titled, 'AGBAMI OSELU' in commemoration of Workers' Day.
Com. Adeogun further urged those that are yet to perform their civic responsibility to come out and register with INEC to obtain their PVC in preparation for 2023 general election.
According to him, Local Government autonomy is the only way out for local Councils to be resuscitated for optimal performance according to the constitutional role of the third tier of government.
He, however, disclosed that findings by national body of NULGE revealed that most state governors did not allow local governments to handle their allocation fully.
This, according to him, is negatively affecting execution of people oriented infrastructural projects and to also address the cause of insecurity because security challenges like kidnapping, arson, banditry, senseless killings happen in the rural communities.
In his words, "once Local Government Autonomy is achieved, local governments across the country will be adequately funded and equipped to give good governance to the people at the grassroot by providing basic amenities as well as engaging the youth and women in Vocational Skill Acquisition to improve their standard of living".
He, however, urged the Speaker of Oyo State House of Assembly, Rt. Honourable Debo Ogundoyin to kindly give NULGE's Chatter of demand a favourable consideration.
Comrade Adeogun finally appealed for support of stakeholders, particularly the Traditional Rulers as well as religious and community leaders across the country in order to achieve Local Government Autonomy for the betterment of the people at the grassroot.