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NULGE shuts down Akwa Ibom

Akwa Ibom State chapter of the Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) on Monday began a seven-day warning strike to protest alleged government failure to attend to its demands which bothers on entitlements owed members.

The decision to begin the strike, the union said, was to draw the attention of the state government to its members’ demands.

In an interaction with newsmen in Uyo, the state capital, NULGE Chairman, Felix Udoh, said the union demands which government had refused to settle include leave grant, non-payment of promotion arrears, failure to promote staff due for promotion as well as wanton deduction of their salaries.

According to the union leader, all efforts to draw the attention of government to settle the issues amicably through dialogue have failed and that the union has no other option than to embark on the seven-day warning strike.

He said at the end of the warning strike, if government still fails to heed to their demands, the union will have no other option than to embark on an indefinite strike.

Udoh, therefore, directed all NULGE members to stay at home and observe the seven days warning strike.

Daily Independent gathered that some local government areas in the state are owing their workers more than three months salaries arrears.

This was said to have pitched the local government chairmen against the state government, as they blamed it on illegal deduction of revenue allocated to the local governments in the name of joint account.

Meanwhile, the union leader has hailed the recent judgment by the Supreme Court that state Governors do not have the right to sack elected local government officials.

He said the judgment if fully obeyed will strengthen local government administration in the country.

He stressed the need for the Federal Government to grant autonomy to the local government, saying it will go a long way to check the illegalities perpetrated by some state Governors through deduction of revenue allocated to local governments.

Culled from Daily Independent

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