The Chairman, Senate Committee on Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Senator Smart Adeyemi, has vowed to spearhead nationwide protests to resist moves by State Governors to oppose Local Governments? autonomy.
Adeyemi, who issued the threat while briefing newsmen in Abuja on Sunday, said that it was unconstitutional for the governors not to allow the councils to have autonomy in the management of their finances.
He condemned statements by the Chairman of the Governors? Forum, Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers that the governors would oppose the entrenchment of local governments in the constitution.
He insisted that the local government was the only tier of government that had direct bearing on the lives of people at the grassroots.
Adeyemi said: “we will do everything possible to resist any attempt to stop the third tier of government from being entrenched in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“We the people will rise against that move. I will join other stake holders, including Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees to go on a nationwide demonstration. I speak this not only as a senator. I speak this as a journalist and as a former labour leader. So let nobody think about a two tier system of government.