The Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), has commended Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, over his recent approval for the release of 10 percent of the State’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) to the distributable fund for local governments in the state.
The Ekiti State branch of NULGE made the commendation in a letter of appreciation to the Governor, signed by its Secretary, Comrade Victor Adebayo earlier in the week. The union applauded the Governor’s gesture, saying it would reposition local government administration in the state for excellent service delivery
While noting that the gesture would in no small measure address the challenges of insufficient fund, the union said the approval had put an end to years of agitation for increased local government allocation.
While noting that the remittance was a legitimate obligation of the State Government to the local government through the Joint Allocation Committee (JAC), the union said successive administrations didn’t accord it priority.
It however said Governor Fayemi’s bold steps at granting the approval, did not come to members of the union as a surprise in view of the Governor’s record as a notable apostle of the rule of law and good governance.
The union recalled that the Governor, during his first term in office, also allocated the same percentage of the State IGR to local governments.
“Our Union is appreciative of the kind gesture of Your Excellency, as it has in no small measure, addressed the challenges of insufficiency of funds for service delivery in the local governments.
“We want to thank Your Excellency for this wonderful gesture and use this opportunity to further pledge our unflinching support to the successful conduct of affairs in your progressive administration. We pray that the Almighty that granted Your Excellency the grace to start well will also aid you to end gloriously”, the letter added.