ASSOCIATION of Local Governments of Nigeria, ALGON in Nasarawa State has berated the state chapter of the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC for issuing a 7-day ultimatum to the state government over percentage payment of salaries to local government workers in the state.
Briefing newsmen shortly after its meeting in Lafia yesterday, the state ALGON chairman, Hon. Suleiman Wambai, insisted that the state government was not under any obligation to pay salaries of local government workers.
He revealed that ALGON in the state had resolved to pay the affected workers their outstanding 10 percent of May and 80.3 percent of June salaries until the dwindling revenue allocation to local governments was improved.
Hon. Wambai pointed out that council chairmen have resolved not to go for any bank facility to augment salaries as it was counterproductive to do so.
State chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Abdullahi Adeka had warned that the union would not accept payment of salaries to its members in the local government service in percentage of what accrues monthly from the federation account.
He said that the state government had one week to intervene by augmenting the shortfall in local government salaries or face industrial action.
But in a swift reaction, Special Assistant to the state governor on media and publicity, Ahmed Tukur, maintained that the state government had respected the fiscal autonomy of local councils and would not be dragged into such imbroglio.
He called on labour unions to find amicable ways of resolving their differences saying “workers in Nasarawa state cannot give the governor an ultimatum because the state government cannot pay their salaries, these are two different tiers of government”.

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