4TH Tier government creation causes a storm; NULGE sues Imo State House of Assembly


 Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE, Imo State chapter, has urged an Owerri High Court to declare that the State House of Assembly had no powers to amend the 1999 constitution or any part thereof, with a view to creating a fourth tier of government in the state.

The defendants in the suit are Imo State House of Assembly, Speaker of the Assembly and State Attorney General.

Imo NULGE also urged the court to hold that the constitution recognised and guaranteed only three tiers of government in Nigeria, federal, state and local councils.

The union also sought a declaration that “the proposed law or bill for the creation of community council  as a fourth tier government in Imo State, is a constitutional aberration/absurdity and therefore illegal.”

They are equally irked that the proposed law sought to apply funds or statutory allocations accruing to the local government councils in the state from the federation account to fund community council government was illegal, unconstitutional and reprehensible.


NULGE was also of the opinion that the planned transfer of local government council employees to the proposed community council government would interfere with their conditions of service, emoluments, discipline, promotion and general welfare was illegal and unconstitutional.


Apart from urging the court to hold that the planned transfer of functions of local councils, as guaranteed by the constitution, to community councils “is illegal and unconstitutional”, NULGE also prayed the court to permanently restrain the defendants from passing the bill into law.

Chidi Nkwopara



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