The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has issued a new threat to the Nigerian Governors opposed to their demands.
NLC, which invaded the venue of the Nigerian Governors meeting in Abuja, said it has been shifting grounds for them in the past and insisted on a new deal.
NLC said it is not shifting ground on total autonomy to be granted to the judiciary and local governments.
NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, issued the new threat during a protest at the venue of a meeting of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum.
According to NLC President Waba, the current status quo is hampering the development of the country adding that Governors should grant autonomy to other tiers of government in line with the recent amendments to the constitution.
“We are aware that the Governor’s forum will be meeting here,” Waba said of the reasons they invaded the meeting venue.
“We are aware that they are meeting to look at other issues. But we have three demands. Those demands are one, autonomy for the local governments. Two, autonomy for the judiciary. Three, autonomy for our State House of Assemblies.
“That’s the reason we are here. If it is not on their agenda, they must put it on their agenda. And it must pass through,” Waba said.
According to him, “We are tired of going in cycles. The underdevelopment in Nigeria today can be traced to the fact that the local government system is not working.
“The funds of the local government are not being given to them. We are aware that the funds for the local government are now pocket money for the boys. We are aware that there are no credible elections in the local government system. And therefore the issue of joint accounts, we don’t want that to happen again.
“The members of the National Assembly have done their bit. All those issues have been contained in the proposed constitutional amendment.
“We are also aware that those bills, as passed by the two chambers of the National Assembly, have been transmitted to the State Houses of Assembly. And therefore we want them to do the needful,” Waba added.