Workers in Enugu South Local Government Council yesterday took to the streets to protest the non-payment of six months salary arrears.
In a swift reaction, the Chairman of the council, Victor Agbo, denied owing staff of the council, stressing that they just finished paying April and May salaries to the workers last week.
According to him, “Enugu South has paid up till May. April and May salaries were paid together. The staff in question are resisting the ongoing biometric exercise wherein workers are expected to clock-in in the morning and out at the close of work, meant to identify ghost workers.”
Agbo described the protest as politically motivated by some powerful politicians to unseat him because he decided to do the right thing by insisting that only genuine workers are paid since the council can no longer meet up with its obligations as a result of the dwindling economic fortunes of the country.
He explained that to curtail wastages occasioned by ghost workers, his administration introduced a biometric exercise which, according to him, has the blessing of the state government.
“The real issue at stake is political, politicians who want to contest the impending elections or install their godsons and goddaughters are angling for the downfall of my administration to be able to have their way.
“Why was there no demonstration when we had a real salary backlog? The protest is malicious, instigated and in bad faith, stressing that the leadership of NULGE in the council did not call out workers as it ought to do when there is a genuine dispute, which confirms that the protesters are political jobbers.”
The council chairman revealed that before the introduction of the biometric exercise, the wage bill of the council stood at N67million, but with its introduction, the wage bill is below N60 million.
NULGE Chairman of the council, Mr. Okenwa Chris, alluded to the position of the chairman, saying the protesting workers are not staff of the council as genuine workers have received their April and May salaries and the union has no knowledge of the protest neither did the protesting workers consult its leaders before staging the protest.
However, one of the protesters insisted that they were being owed. “They are owing some workers six months, some five months and others four months. The leave allowance is running into arrears. We are protesting so that the world will hear us,” the staff stated.

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