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Nasarawa Speaker hails NASS on LG autonomy

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Nasarawa State House of Assembly Speaker, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, on Wednesday in Lafia commended the National Assembly for approving local government autonomy while amending the Constitution.

The speaker gave the commendation when members of the NLC from North-Central states staged a peaceful protest to the state assembly.

He said that local government autonomy was long overdue to ensure grassroots development.

“This struggle is our struggle. It is a collective struggle and we must fight it to the end,’’ he said.

Abdullahi added that the House would continue to identify with workers by making laws and passing resolutions that would have direct bearing on their lives.

“We in Nasarawa State Assembly are labour-friendly; NLC in the state can attest to that; the issue of local government autonomy is long overdue and I want to assure you that we shall do your bidding.

“When we get communication on local government autonomy we will give it expeditious passage; it is long overdue.

“On the issue of judicial and legislative autonomy, I can confidently say that nobody can change the autonomy of the legislature and the judiciary because it is already a Constitutional matter.

“What remains on the issue of state legislature and judiciary autonomy is implementation.

“Very soon, their implementations will begin by the grace of God,’’ he said.

Abdullahi wished the NLC well in its engagements.

Earlier, Comrade Yusuf Sarki-Iya, the NLC Chairman in Nasarawa State who led other NLC chairmen of the North-Central on the peaceful protest said the exercise was to demand for states legislature and judiciary autonomy as well as autonomy for local governments.

Sarki-Iya said the autonomy would promote transparency, accountability and good governance in the country.

He commended the House for being workers-friendly and called for its sustenance.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the NLC members carried placards with different inscriptions.

Some read: “Workers demand for autonomy of local governments, states assemblies and judicial autonomy’’ and “we support LG councils autonomy’’.

Members of NLC affiliate bodies and their leaders from Nasarawa, Kogi, Plateau, Niger, Kwara and the FCT were part of the protest.

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