The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has called on the Federal Government to give autonomy to the 774 local governments in the country.
According to a statement by NUPENG President, Comrade Igwe Achese, the union said it believed that local governments autonomy would ensure accountability and rapid infrastructural development.
He said the autonomy would make the local government chairmen and councillors more responsive and acceptable to the people at the grassroots.
The union condemned in its entirety the action of governors, who allegedly remove duly elected local government chairmen and councillors at will, noting that granting them autonomy would put a stop to it.
NUPENG also said the autonomy would make sure that direct allocation from the Federation Account are paid directly to local governments, thereby putting a stop to the hijack by governors.