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NULGE meets to end 2 months strike by council workers in Delta

15 July 2015, 11:33

Asaba - The Delta state Chapter of the Nigerian Union of Local Government Employers (NULGE) will meet on Wednesday in Asaba to find lasting solution to the pending strike of council workers.

David Ofoeyeno, chapter president of NULGE said on Tuesday in Asaba, that the meeting would decide whether to call off the two months old strike.

The council workers in the 25 Local Government Councils of the state embarked on strike to protest the unpaid salaries of six months.

"The NULGE executive meeting in the state may not be unconnected with the recent release of bailout fund by the Federal Government to states."

In the interim, council workers in the state have lamented none payment of their salaries and have taken to menial jobs to sustain their families.

Some of the workers appealed to the state government to take full responsibilities of paying their salaries to enable them cope with family demands.

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"They appealed to the government to make the councils as an arm of the state functionary and pay their salaries like those in the state ministries."

According to Mr Daniel Mayomi, a staff of Sapele LG Council, "life has become unbearable for me and my family since January when the council stopped the payment of salaries."

He said that the last salary he was paid by the council was that of December 2014.

He argued that since the councils could not be granted autonomy to run its own affairs, it should adopt the councils as one of its ministries and pay their salaries.

He said that most council owed their workers up to six months’ salary, adding that the salary arrears depended on how buoyant a council was.

"I am not sure of how my family is surviving; some of us have not received salaries for six months.

"We are all Deltans working for the state, so our governor should consider us and pay our salary just as they pay the ministries," he said.

Jude Olisemeka, a tricycle operator said, "I and my wife are staff of Oshimili Local Government Council and we have not been paid for good four months.

"Our saving grace is this tricycle which I bought through my cooperative last year. This has been the only source of income since the challenge of non-payment of salary began.

"I wake up as early as 7 a.m. to begin the business of the day.

"And as I make my first two trip, I quickly rush to the market to by some foodstuff for my wife to cook," he said.

Jonathan Ibie, a staff of Ughelli North LG Council said that he started using his Jetta car for town service in order to take care of my family.

"And my wife who is a secondary school teacher has been very supportive since this non-payment of salary challenge started few months back it would have been a different story entirely.

"I am appealing to the state Governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowas to come to our aid, we are suffering and we have house rents and school fees ahead of us to pay," he said. 



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