NULGE President Calls For Probe of Local Govt.s Joint Account System

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Alhaji Ibrahim Khaleel, the National President of the Nigeria Union of Local Governments Employees, has called for an urgent probe of the operations of State Local Government Joint Accounts System nationwide.

 

“This is absolutely necessary and it should be done holistically and thoroughly across the country,” Khaleel said at the National Executive Council meeting of the union in Sokoto on Wednesday.

 

He said the operation of the system left much to be desired, as it had hindered socioeconomic development at that level of government.

 

The NULGE president said the system had obstructed financial and democratic independence of local governments.

 

“I strongly believe that the probe would help in unraveling how the huge amount of money sunk into the local governments were either rightly expended or misappropriated.

 

 

“Such a probe, as being advocated by the union, is timely and apt, while it will bolster the ongoing fight against corruption by President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

”The union is not averse to the change mantra of the President and we will do everything humanly possible to ensure its success at all levels.”

 

Khaleel also said that the meeting would strategise on how to regain the lost financial and democratic independence of the third tier of government in Nigeria.

 

Khaleel said such step was necessary to make local governments to serve the interests of people at the grassroots.

 

Meanwhile, the Sokoto State Chairman of NULGE, Alhaji Shehu Dange, has commended the Sokoto State Governor, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, for taking steps to address the problems of salaries of local 

 

“The problem has lingered for so long and it has virtually defied all solutions but it is now history,” Dange said.

 

Tambuwal, represented by the Commissioner for Local Governments and Community Development, Alhaji Mannir Dan-Iya, promised to take urgent steps to improve the welfare of local government workers.

 

He said: “We will ensure the extension of all rights and privileges being enjoyed by the workers of the state government to their counterparts in the 23 local governments of the state.

 

“We are also appreciative of the existing cordial relationship between the state government and the union and this will be sustained.”

 

 

Posted on January, 14 2016

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