Oyo - The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Oyo State says it is planning a peaceful protest to press home the demand for autonomy for local governments.
The Oyo State NLC Chairman, Mr Bashiru Olarewaju, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan that the issue of autonomy for local councils must be addressed to justify the nation’s claim to federalism.
NAN reports that the issue of autonomy and Joint Account Committee had been generating controversy between the second and third tiers of governments, with many state governments accused of diverting council funds.
Olarewaju, who said that a date would soon be fixed for the protest, noted that the action became inevitable to re-focus attention on the issue.
“The National Assembly has deliberated on the issue of local government autonomy, but uptill now state governments are working against the release of the report,'' he said.
Olarewaju said the protest was being organised by the NLC in conjunction with the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees.