Nigerian workers are opposed to any reform that seeks to scrap the local government system from the Constitution, the organised labour has disclosed.
This disclosure was made public by the President, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr Ayuba Wabba, on Monday in Abuja.
This was via a jointly signed statement with President, Trade Union Congress (TUC), Mr Quadri Olaleye.
“It is unfortunate that in spite of the plague of insecurity confronting our country, some politicians are working hard to scrap the local government system.
“Organised Labour rejects such plans and warns that it would only aggravate the current security challenges in our country.
“The absence of services and gainful employment at the very nucleus of economic activities in Nigeria is only an open invitation to apocalypse.
“Instead of scrapping the local government councils, we call on the government to improve access to local economic centres,” he said.
He also urged political leaders to adopt measures to strengthen the structures and operations of local councils in the country through the guarantee of their full autonomy.
He said that the struggle for judicial autonomy had remained a mirage due to the indifference of state governors.
“Come to think of it, what other reasons could they give for not allowing the three arms of government to function autonomously if not for ease of corruption?
“It has become a case of he who pays the piper dictates the tune,” he said.
The labour leader also said that it was regrettable that for about two weeks, activities in the courts have been paralysed due to the problem of the non-implementation of judicial autonomy.
He added that NLC and its affiliates would not hesitate to join the industrial action within the next two weeks if nothing was done.
By Mayowa Oladeji.
Join the conversation
Support Ripples Nigeria, hold up solutions journalism
Balanced, fearless journalism driven by data comes at huge financial costs.
As a media platform, we hold leadership accountable and will not trade the right to press freedom and free speech for a piece of cake.
If you like what we do, and are ready to uphold solutions journalism, kindly donate to the Ripples Nigeria cause.
Your support would help to ensure that citizens and institutions continue to have free access to credible and reliable information for societal development.
INVESTIGATION: UBEC mum as N80m Kebbi secondary school lab equipment still undelivered since 2020
“Our laboratories are not conducive for learning; the termites have destroyed most of these laboratories, and there is not enough...
In Niger, communities suffer as multi-billion naira Auna Dam project remains uncompleted despite 38 years of investments
In Niger State, the over 20 communities around Auna River have had their hopes for fresh water, electricity supply and...
INVESTIGATION: Years after, 15km Eleme-Onne end of East-West Road remains death-trap despite billions released
In this report, ARINZE CHIJIOKE chronicles the sufferings of road users on the 15km Eleme-Onne end of the East-West Road...
Gaza attacks intensify as 12 Thais, 10 Nepalese killed in Israel
The current violence in Israel has claimed the lives of at least 12 Thai people and 10 Nepalese individuals. Eight...
INVESTIGATION: Poorly executed classroom projects force children out of school in Niger State
Once a vibrant hub of learning for pupils, Kodo Primary School now resonates a stark contrast to its former days...