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NLC lauds Reps over LG autonomy passage

02 August 2013, 16:40

Abuja - Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), has commended the House of Representatives for voting in favour of local government autonomy in the recently concluded constitution amendment exercise.

The commendation is contained in a statement issued by Abdulwaheed Omar, the NLC President in Abuja on Thursday.

The congress said that the action of the members was a mark of selflessness, courage and patriotism which should be emulated by those elected to serve the public in whatever capacity.

"Similarly, the process leading to the voting in the amendment clauses was painstakingly thorough, deep and enjoyed broad ownership.

"The congress notes that there was determination on the part of the House to vote in spite of suspicious glitches, and the process was transparent and devoid of acrimony or self recrimination.’’

The statement noted that it was instructive that the House did not only retain the National minimum wage on the exclusive list, but gave its word to ensure it remained there.

It stated that the House should also be commended for observing due process by way of stepping down two clauses because public hearing had not been conducted on them.

"This further illustrates the openness of the House and determination not only to do what is right but to lead by example.

"The congress holds the view that if the example of the House is followed in subsequent amendments, it will be possible to have a people-constitution.''

The congress urged politicians to play by the rules, noting that the rule of law and respect for the wishes of the people remained the major ingredients for the nation's advancement.



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