Ogun State government has assured the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE, Ogun State chapter, that it would abide by and honour agreement reached with the government on all issues that would make the union more effective and efficient.
The state Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Chief Olajide Ojuko, gave this assurance during a meeting with the executive union of NULGE and top management of the ministry.
Chief Ojuko said being a grassroot politician, he understands the challenges being faced by the union, noting that the present administration attached a lot of importance to the union and local government administration, stating that the state government would not shy away from its responsibilities.
He said the challenges and the requests on pension, salaries, Internally Generated Revenue, international travel for members and others are surmountable as government was currently addressing them, promising not to relent until a solution was proffered.
Though he said the dwindling federal revenue has had adverse effect on state revenues, Ojuko assured that the state had to augment the short fall in a bid to safe the local governments from any financial embarrassment.
“State government augments what comes to local governments from the federation account. In some cases, the money cannot even pay the salaries of workers but because of the magnanimity of the governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun supplements what comes from Abuja in other for the local governments to pay salaries and embark on other infrastructural projects” Ojuko said.
On the 400 workers who are yet to receive July salary because of the centralisation of salary payment, he said the government would commence payment as soon as adequate information and details of those affected eas provided on contributory pension, adding that he would meet relevant agencies to clear the issue. “It’s not the making of the present administration to owe anybody his/her entitlements.”
Ogun State NULGE President, Comrade Ayuba Olatunji in his remarks, appealed to government to place more priority on the need and welfare of the local government workers by increasing its monthly aid and assistance, so that they can also boast of more developmental projects.
Comrade Olatunji expressed confidence in government’s measure at resolving the challenges facing local government workers, saying they are partners in progress, assuring the commissioner of the union’s unflinching support to the government at all times.

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