After N4bn Loan To Pay Salary, NULGE  Demands For Arrears

……Thanks Kwara Gov, begs for payment of remaining arrears

The Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Kwara State Branch has commended Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State who last week helped local Council areas to obtain a N4bn loan to help offset part of their salary arrears.

NULGE State Chairman, Alhaji Yusuf Ayinla Saliu in a statement in Ilorin at the weekend described as kind hearted of the governor, to “despite all odds” help secure the loan.

The loan he said was shared out in fragments to Local Government staff, State Universal Education Board, Local Government Pensioners and Ex-Local Government elected officers.

According to him, Council Workers got N1.15O billion ; State Universal Education Board got N2.150 billion; N400 million to pensioners and N300 million to Ex- political office holders.

However, NULGE in the statement pleaded with the governor that the N4 billion only settled part of the salary arrears urging him to help “look inward for means to defray the remaining backlog of salaries to Local Government workers”.

The Union stressed that there were still “some Local Government Councils with five, seven and eight months’ arrears of salaries”.

Also, they begged the governor to take off the neck of the Local Governments, the huge salaries of Junior Secondary School teachers in line with the “provisions of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria”

“NULGE wishes to reiterate that payment of JSST is the sole responsibility of State Government. In view of this, the Union will appreciate its taking over as promised by His Excellency, Dr. Abdulfatah Ahmed in December 2016 and December 2017”, the statement added.

While the union thanked the governor for returning 17 revenue items earlier taken from them and given the State Revenue Service (KWIRS) promising that they could generate more than the state agency but pleaded that the remaining four major items that fetch life saving revenue to the councils still in the hands of KWIRS be returned.

They also begged the governor to implement financial benefits for 2016 and 2017 staff promotions.