By; BUHARI B. BELLO, Jos
Plateau State Governor Simon Bako Lalong was intimidated by a large crowd of NULGE protesters into supporting the ongoing agitation for fiscal autonomy the local government system.
Members of NULGE including retired local government employees and civil society crusaders stormed the office of the governor in their thousand from the premises of the state Assembly.
Addressing the teaming protester, the governor who was represented by the secretary to the state government, Rufus Bature assured that the regime in the state would back their autonomy.
He told the large crowd that “ the state government will lobby other states to ensure that the local government areas get autonomy.
According to him, the administration will do the wishes of the electorate in the state.
Mr. Rufus noted that those who proposed for the creation of the third tier of government in the country envisage the need for its autonomy away from the manipulation by the state governor.
Earlier the protester where at complex of the state House of Assembly during which the speaker, Peter Azi told assured that the moment the bill will comes to them, it will received their support.
However, appearing worrisome to members of NULGE in state has been the inability of the APC administration under the leadership of Barrister Simon Bako Lalong to conduct elections in the 17 council areas as stipulated by the nation’s constitution.
The administration has shifted the tenure of the recently dissolved caretaker committee members for four consecutive times with the resolution of the state House of Assembly .
Now, the state government has appointed another set of caretaker committee members with a method of selection involving all the wards in the local government areas in the state.
The state government has introduced a new electoral policy concerning the conduct of the election including a graduate position for the chairmanship.