Nigeria Union of Local Government employees (NULGE), has appealed to Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed to return four major revenue items back to local government councils in the state.
NULGE State Secretary, Comrade Hutonu Rafiu made the appeal
in a statement in Ilorin on Monday.
Rafiu commended Gov Ahmed for the release of 17 revenue
items to the local government councils.
“We promise that we shall strive and do all the needful to
ensure that we surpass what the Kwara State Internal Revenue
Service (KWIRS) has been generating.
“We also plead and urge his Excellency for the release of other
four major generating items to Local Government Councils.
“These include citizen fees, land charge and tenement rate,
advert and signage and communication mast,” Rafiu said.
According to NULGE Secretary, the four revenue items were
statutorily the responsibility of the local government by the
provision of 1999 Constitution.
Rafiu, on behalf of NULGE urged the state government to take
over the payment of Junior Secondary (JSS) Teachers in the
state, adding that JSS teachers’ salaries is constitutional
responsibility of the state government.
He commended the Governor for securing N4b loan to pay
arrears of salaries of local government workers, SUBEB staff,
pensioners and ex-councilors in the state.
“NULGE wishes to plead with the Governor to look inward for
means to settle the remaining backlogs of salaries to Local
Government Councils because we still have some local
governments with five, seven and eight months arrears of
salaries,” he said.
Rafiu also commended the Governor for the release of 2017
promotion letters to local government workers.
“The Union wishes to plead for the implementation of financial
benefit for the 2016 and 2017 promotion.
“This implementation of financial benefit, we believe will also
serve as succor to our members and encourage them to be
more diligent with their jobs,” Rafiu added.