Aggrieved workers from the 16 local government areas of Kwara State, under the aegis of National Union of Local Government Employees of Nigeria, NULGE, yesterday crippled activities in Ilorin, the state capital, and barricaded the main entrance of the state Government House in Ilorin, over eight months unpaid salaries and other benefits.
But the government through the Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Media and Communications, Dr Muideen Akorede, in a statement said, “While the Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed administration sympathizes with the workers regarding the unfortunate salary crises at the local government level, the Kwara State Government is not responsible for payment of local government workers’ salaries. As everyone is aware, the local government arrears were caused by the huge drop in their Federal allocation from N2.7bilion to N1 billion monthly.” However, the protesting workers who displayed placards with different inscription, had converged as early as 8am at the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, secretariat, before marching through the popular Ahmadu Bello way and to the government house. Addressing reporters, state Secretary of NULGE, Abayomi Afolabi called for the scrapping of the second tier of government in the country, saying: “Worldwide 100 percent of the countries have local government areas. Only 45 percent of the countries in the world have state governments.”
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