04 November 2020 by Olusegun Oyenibi.
Local Government workers in Kogi State have appealed to the Government to reinstate the office of the Director of Personnel Management, DPM, which they described as the engine room of the Local Government system.
This forms part of the communiqué issued at the State Executive Council, SEC, meeting of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE, in Lokoja.
The communique, jointly signed by the President, Comrade Tade Adeyemi and Secretary, Comrade Bridget Ayendi says absence of office of the DPM in Local Governments created an administrative vacuum in the system.
It further expresses gratitude to the State Government for another pardon list of workers who were sanctioned for various Offences stressing that, this further confirms that Governor Bello is listening to the yearnings of Local Government workers in the State.
While commending the State Government for constituting the Local Government Service Commission, the Union leaders further confirms that such development will impact meaningfully on Local Government staff across the State.
According to the communique, there is also need as a matter of urgency for the Local Government Service Commission to kick-start the promotion interview for 2018, 2019 and 2020 of Local Government workers as well as ensure payment of in service training allowances which has been stalled for a long time.
It however expresses displeasure over non release of allocation order to accounts of some Local Governments occasioned by their indebtedness particularly Adavi Local Government where workers are yet to receive their January 2020 salary.
On the issue of salaries, the Union states that the ministry of Local Governments should pay at least a bench mark of Fifty percent salary at that level.
The Union also resolves that accounts of Local Governments should be fully returned to them to allow proper negotiation of their salaries.
It however observes under payment of September 2020 salary in some Local Governments and called for dialogue in the affected Local Governments to address the issue of October 2020 salary.
While emphasizing that dialogue remains a panacea to industrial development, the State Executive Council of NULGE however calls on Government to address issues highlighted to sustain industrial peace and harmony between the Local Government workers and the Government.