EBONYI State governor, Engr
David Umahi has promised to
increase the salaries of workers
in the state.
Recall that Ebonyi state
government and workers
have been at loggerheads over
acceptable salary structure.
Addressing newsmen shortly
after a closed door meeting
with the National President
of Nigeria Union of Local
Government Employees,
NULGE, and National
Treasurer, Nigeria Labour
Congress, NLC, Comrade
Ibrahim Khaleel, in Abakaliki,
Governor Umahi said, “we
informed him ( Khaleel) that
we are determined to increase
the salaries of workers but we
will not be able to do that, until
we gather all the indices, and by
the end of October we should be
able to know how much we want
to increase workers salaries.”
The governor maintained
that his “government was
determined to paying the same
salaries at both the state
and local government
levels,” but noted
that “it would impose
additional burden on
the government as
the money coming to
the local governments
cannot carry it at once.”
He appealed to the
workers at all levels to
assist the government
in its quest to increase
the state’s internally
generated revenue,
stressing that the State
Executive Council
had to re-evaluate the
sources of IGR.
The governor restated
that his government would
no longer negotiate with the
Nigerian Labour Congress led by
a federal worker in the state.
“We cannot recognize
leadership that is not hones both to the workers and the
government,” he stressed.
Eng. Umahi, who said that
the government was poised to
ensuring that there was equity in
the increase of workers’ salaries,
disclosed his willingness to
negotiate with the Junior Workers
Association whom, he disclosed,
had written to him disassociating
itself from the NLC.
He similarly announced that he
had received a letter from a faction
of the congress which had gone to
court to stop further deductions of
its members’ salaries for Nigerian
Labour Congress.
In his remarks, Khaleel,
who was accompanied by the
state chairman of the NULGE,
Comrade Lenard Nkah, said he
came to see the governor over
the salary crisis between the
state government and workers,
especially those in the local
governments. Khaleel also noted that he
used the visit to understand
some salient issues that were
not clear to them at the national
headquarters of the union
in Abuja adding that he was
informed that the NULGE was
not taking part in the on-going
warning strike in the state.
The NULGE president, who
said that he would report back
to the National President of
the NLC on his observations,
appealed to the governor to
grant them audience should
there be any need for the
national leadership of the
congress to visit the state

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