By Hammed Shittu in Ilorin
As agitations for local government autonomy continue unabated in the country, the Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, has challenged the workers and officials of the Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) in the country to be specific on the areas of its demand for the council autonomy.
Ahmed, who disclosed this in Ilorin while receiving the National Vice-President of the union, Mr. Patrick Igwe, who paid the governor a courtesy visit at the Government House, Ilorin, asked the NULGE officials that, “Is it on restructuring or special funding window for education? Hence, it must be a definitive statement.â€
According to the governor, â€œThe relationship between arms of government is purely guided by the constitution and the laws of the state.
“Funding of basic education currently tied to the local governments needs to be reviewed as capacity of local governments to adequately meet this statutory responsibility has recently been challenged as a result of dwindling national resources.”
Ahmed urged the councils to stimulate their internally generated revenue platform to improve their revenues to support pensions, gratuities, regular payment of salaries and basic infrastructure in their areas.