Labour knocks govs as states reject LG autonomy

The Trade Union Congress has flayed governors over the failure of state houses of assembly to pass the local government autonomy bill in the ongoing constitution amendment exercise.

The TUC Deputy President, Tommy Etim, who described the development as saddening, said the governors were the enemies of the country.

Sequel to the refusal of the states to pass the bill, the Senate on Tuesday directed the Clerk to the National Assembly to transmit the 35 bills that met the requirement of the provision of section 9(2) of the Constitution to the President for assent.

The Red Chamber further called on Gombe, Jigawa, Kebbi, Kwara, Oyo, Plateau, Sokoto, Taraba, and Zamfara assemblies, which had yet to forward their resolutions on the 44 amendments sent to state assemblies, to reconsider their stand on the constitution amendments.

It was reported that out of the 44 constitution alteration bills forwarded to state assemblies for concurrence, only 35 were endorsed by 27 out of the 36 state legislatures with complete exclusion of financial and administrative autonomy for local government councils.

The constitution amendment bills were forwarded to the states houses of assembly for concurrence in March, 2022.

The Senate stated that section 9(2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, as amended, provides that an Act to alter the provisions of the Constitution could be passed only when it is supported by two-third majority of members of the Senate and the House of Representatives and approved by 24 state assemblies.

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