LG workers picket 17 council secretariats –
From Christiana Gokyo, Jos
Local government workers in Plateau State have shut the gates of 17 local council secretariats in the state, preventing the council chairmen and other staff from entry.
Our Correspondent gathered that as early as 7 am, the workers had converged at the secretariats and barricaded the gates, chanting solidarity songs and barring any official or visitor from gaining access to the buildings.
The aggrieved workers under the tripartite union are: Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN) and National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM).
Speaking on the issue, Mr.ArandongMakwin, Plateau Tripartite Union Chairman stated that the statewide protest was embarked upon followingthe failure of the State Government to meet to their demands before the October 30 ultimatum.
According to him, following their meeting held on 0ctober 4 at BarkinLadi, were it was resolved that the state government should immediately commence the full implementation of the financial autonomy, promotion and payment of arrears, 18 per cent minimum wage and annual increment.
He said others include remittance of 10 per cent IGR to local governments by the state as provided by law, 15 per cent of teachers’ salaries from local governments instead of the 100 per cent being deducted as stipulated by law and payment of salaries on/before 25th of every month.
According to him,“as we speak now, nobody from the government has said anything about our letter of ultimatum dated October 4, nor called us for a discussion.
“So we decided to stage this protest all over the 17 local governments to press home our demands, which if not met, nobody will be allowed to enter the secretariats including the Chairmen,” he noted.