The National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) and its Medical and Health Workers Union (MHWUN) counterpart, Bayelsa State Chapters have threatened to drag the State Governor, Henry Seriake Dickson to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and to President Mohammadu Buhari if he fails within seven days to release for payment the N1.2billion bail-out fund he received from the Federal Government to off-set the Local Government workers’ salaries. They claim that some of them are being owed up to 13 months salaries.
In a communique issued at the end of the joint executive council of the two unions in Yenagoa, the state capital and signed by the Secretaries of the two unions, Comrades Tonye Jaja and Arafat Letam Wibani respectively and made available to newsmen, the unions stated that failure by the government to release the fund, they will have no other option than to invite the EFCC to step in and recover the money.
According to the group, they will not accept the fifty percent salary payment as proposed to them by the government, stressing that the wages and salaries of workers are guided by law and cannot be slashed.
The union further call on the Commissioner for Local Governments and Administration, Hon. Agatha Goma to always release the monthly statutory allocation after the Joint Allocation Committee (JAC ) to the various Local Government Councils. They urged the state government to without delay release the full January and February salaries to the genuine verified and confirmed staff of the Local Governments. They also urged the government to release ten percent of the internally generated revenue (IGR) and twenty percent of the derivation funds for the running of the councils.
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