NatioNal President, Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees, Ibrahim Khaleel has said that 23 out of the 36 states of the federation currently owe local government workers’ arrears of salary ranging from one to 16 months. Khaleel, in a statement issued on Monday in Abuja identified Bayelsa as the state leading in the list of indebtedness to local government workers followed by Kogi and Delta respectively. According to the statement, Bayelsa State is currently owing the local council workers between 10 to 16 months, followed by Kogi State with between seven to 15 months and Delta State, eight to 14 months. “Kaduna 12 months; Oyo three to 11 months; Edo 10 months; Abia five
to nine months; Kwara two to nine months; Benue nine months and Nasarawa seven months. “Ondo, Ekiti, Imo with six months; Zamfara have not implementing minimum wage, Adamawa, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Ebonyi, Plateau owing four months, Taraba and FCT three months. “While Osun state has been paying half salaries for 24 months and few staff was owed few months in Enugu.” The statement reads He also disclosed that Ekiti and Ogun States has refused to remit union dues for the past nine and seven months respectively with Cross River State owing 700 staff members of the union between one to three months. While calling on the state governors to offset the salaries and other allowances of local government workers with the second tranche of the Paris Loan
Refund released to them, he warned that failure to do so, will leave the union with no other option than to mobilize it members and shut down all the local government councils in the country. He, however, said the union was aware that some state governors were already claiming that the amount released was not in conformity with the published figure. He said: “We want to state in strong term that no governor should either divert or tamper with the fund. “This should be an avenue where the backlog of arrears of salaries owed the Local Government workers and some other welfare packages should be settled. “Such as leave bonus, arrears of promotion benefits, arrears of annual increment and nonimplementation of minimum wage
most especially in Zamfara State are resolved and paid. “We, therefore, use this medium to appeal passionately to the State Governors to use this 2nd Tranche of Paris club loan refund to clear the backlog arrears of outstanding salaries. “This is in order to ameliorate the untold hardship they are currently passing through due to this ugly situation.” He added that the union will not tolerate a situation where any state governor will hide under any guise to deny Local Government workers their legitimate salaries and allowances. Khaleel commended the 14 states of Lagos, Ogun, Kano, Katsina, Jigawa, Sokoto, Kebbi, Bauchi, Borno, Yobe, Gombe, Cross River, Niger and Anambra that were up to date in the entitlement of local government workers.