On Monday, the Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) said that it did not understand the over-hyped anti-corruption war by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.
Comrade Ibrahim Khaleel, National President of NULGE, has stated this while speaking at the flag-off of the 40th anniversary celebration of NULGE at an event held in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital.
He said: “Our body is in the forefront of the constitutional reforms to make local governments functional and deliver on the mandate setting it up as the third tier of government.
“The National Assembly is amending the constitution and has passed the baton to the state house of Assemblies but unfortunately almost 12 out of 36 states took decisions on the bill as at this morning. Out of these 12 states, only nine states adopted the resolution of the National Assembly for local government autonomy while the remaining three rejected it, leaving 26 others to say that they are still consulting.
“On the JAAC issue, it is also very unfortunate that even the fight against corruption of the current government of President Muhanmadu Buhari is very funny sometimes. Letters were written to the presidency demanding the intervention of Mr. President by way of investigating diversion of monies meant for development of rural areas by state governments.
“But to our utter dismay no response from the Federal Government and two of its most prominent anti graft agencies; the Economics and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt and other related Offences Commission (ICPC).
“We are helpless to a greater extent to hold whether the presidency has a hand in it, thinking aloud? We are completely confused about why the fight against corruption is ignoring the aspect of local government because nothing, up till now has been done to address this monster called JAAC.”