The Edo State chapter of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) has bemoaned the over N4 billion owed council workers by the various local government councils in the state. Consequently, the body called on the state government and heads of local government administration of the 18 local government councils in the state to, as a matter of urgency, commence payment of the several months’ salary arrears and other deductibles owed the council workers.
President, Edo State chapter of NULGE, Mr. Lazarus Imokhai Adorolo, stated this yesterday while addressing newsmen in Benin City, the state capital, saying that local government council workers are downcast in Edo State as a result of the non-payment of their salaries, outstanding salary arrears and other deductions from their salaries which run into several millions of naira. Adorolo said: “According to our compilations and findings, the 18 Local Government Councils owed workers the sum of N4.3 billion.
“Our expectations were that as the allocation improves, there ought to be corresponding improvement in the payment of outstanding salary arrears and outstanding deductions. Rather, some of the councils have managed to pay one and half months, while others have only paid only half and some have only paid a percentage of one month.”