By; KABIR WURMA, Birnin Kebbi
As the controversial issue of seeking for autonomy by local government trade unions hits harder, Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu on Thursday disclosed that as far as issues of local government are concerned, Kebbi State stands by the majority on whether to accept it or otherwise.
He stated this at the Government House in Birnin Kebbi when the national leadership of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) led by Comrade Ibrahim Khalid visited.
Bagudu told NULGE officials that if they need autonomy, there must be an amendment from the Nigerian constitution because according to him, there was element of confusion regarding the accepting or rejection of autonomy in the local government system of administration.
“What i mean here to my understanding by autonomy is that there is financial and administrative autonomy and each of these has its own value which may be one is being accepted, would not allow something urgent and official be preformed.
“When assumed office in 2015, we undertook a verification in all the twenty one local government areas, only to discover that 13 out these local government areas could not pay salaries. So if the autonomy was in place what would happen?” He queried.
He noted that Kebbi State would stand by voice of majority.
Speaking earlier, NULGE National President, Comrade Ibrahim Khalid told Governor Bagudu that they came to Kebbi in order to present their case for onward submission to the National Assembly.