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CSOs protest non-passage of LG autonomy bill in Plateau

A coalition of civil society organisations has protested against the non-passage of the local government autonomy bill 2022 by the Plateau State House of Assembly.…

A coalition of civil society organisations has protested against the non-passage of the local government autonomy bill 2022 by the Plateau State House of Assembly.

The protesters marched to the house of assembly where they chanted different solidarity songs and carried placards with different inscriptions. 

The coalition Team Lead, Steve Aluko, said the passage of the bill “will promote healthy competitive development among the 774 LGAs in Nigeria and provide for basic needs for healthy living, arrest unguided urban drift and increasing urban slums.”

 In his remarks, the vice chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Plateau State, Ayodele Akinfolarin, said out of the 36 states of the federation, 16 had passed the bill but Plateau had yet to do so. 

He said Governor Simon Lalong had earlier assured them that once the bill is passed at the National Assembly, Plateau State would speedily enhance the process but that they were surprised that the governor had yet to append his signature to the bill.

The Deputy Speaker of the house, Saleh Yipmong, who received the protest letter from the coalition, said the demand would be duly considered, adding that they had always been local government friendly and in support of its cause.

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