Tambuwal stated this when he hosted Comrade Ibrahim Khaleel, National President of Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) at Government House, Sokoto.
“My position on local government autonomy is well-known. I am in full support of it,” he said.
He enjoined the union to intensify lobby especially at the National Assembly to “see to the realisation of the objective. As you do that, know that in Sokoto you have a friend in struggle.”
In a related development, Governor Tambuwal has said his administration will carry out verification to ascertain the true number of workers on public payroll at the state and local government levels.
“In order to reposition the civil service, we will carry out full verification to ascertain the number of workers we have at the state and local government levels and to end the culture of truancy especially at LGAs where workers go to work late and in some instances, they don’t go at all,” he said.
According to him, the government will aim to achieve the objectives of establishing the local government as third tier of government which was to bring government closer to the people and ensure massive development at the grassroots level.
He said the stated aims can only be achieved if the local governments enjoy autonomy in sourcing for finances and in their expenditure.
Earlier in his remarks, the NULGE President appealed to Tambuwal to reconstitute the state Local Government Service Commission and ensure dues meant to the union are released on time.
He commended Tambuwal for his efforts to revive the fortunes of local government administrations in the state.