MINILS DG Backs LG Autonomy For Sustainable Development

The Director-General of Michael Imoudu National Institute for Labour Studies, MINILS, Ilorin, Kwara State, North Central Nigeria, Issa Aremu has commended members of Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE for their consistent struggle for local government autonomy.

Comrade Aremu gave the commendation during the opening of a two-day in-plant workshop organised by MINILS for the NULGE at the Institute.

Aremu, who urged Nigerians to appreciate the country’s 24 years of uninterrupted democracy, argued that local governments should be regarded as the first tier of government due to the special roles they play at the grassroots.

He stated that the demand by NULGE for increment in salary has become necessary as that will help their members meet up with the economic realities in the country.

He further advocated for sustainable palliative programmes which should strictly be anchored by local government administration to complement the efforts of the Nigerian Government in mitigating the impact of the fuel subsidy removal on wage income and public welfare.

While making a case for local governments to be returned to their original status, he advised that 10 per cent of the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) meant for them be paid as at when due.

He commended the organised labour and other stakeholders for engaging the Nigerian government through social dialogue.

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