NULGE trains council workers on financial management
Blames elite greed for local govt collapse
The National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) has trained its staff on financial management in preparation for the autonomy of local government administration.
Speaking at a three-day workshop with the theme, “Effective Financial Management of Trade Union Finance,” National President of NULGE, Ibrahim Khaleel, said the workshop was organised to enhance the capacity of NULGE financial officers.
His words: “At this critical time, there is lack of capacity for local council workers as a tier of government and we believe that whatever affects local government administration affects us directly because without the third tier of government, there can’t be NULGE.
“This workshop is meant to update our knowledge on how to keep our financial records. Financial records are our collective responsibilities as a union to be rendered at the end of every year to the Registrar of Trade Union.
“Since the inception of this leadership, the national secretariat has been rendering our financial accounts to the office every year up to the 2016 financial year.”
He stressed that the workshop, which was conducted by Nik-Seg Consultants, provided an opportunity for all the participants to learn new skills with the aim of understanding how financial records were done and also be in tandem with new trends.
He also hinted that plans were underway to organise women and youth conference, which would further enhance the leadership skills of women and youth wings of the union.
Khaleel insisted that training union workers in financial management was part of the administrative steps that could curtail corruption within labour movement.
“Training in financial management is apt at this time because we believe it will not only enhance transparency and accountability, but will strengthen the development and growth of our union.
“It is even more critical for us to update our knowledge on financial management especially now that we are canvassing for financial autonomy for local government,” he added.
“So, before we get the financial independence of local government, local government workers need to be more prepared, more equipped and update their knowledge on financial management for the challenges ahead,” he explained.
The NULGE helmsman stressed that the struggle for financial independent of local government administration in Nigeria was not just a struggle for the local governments themselves, but a struggle for all Nigerians.
He added: “NULGE is the only union that organises workers at the local government level, the union is in the best position to speak to Nigerians on the happenings in the local government for them to really understand where we are wrong as a country in the way we run local government.”
Khaleel blamed the non-performance of local government on the encroachment into the exclusive preserve of local governments by the country’s political elite.