Workers in the third tier of government in Edo who are being owed two to eight months salary arrears may soon have respite as local government chairmen and councilors in the state yesterday agreed to forfeit their security votes and other allowances to pay them.
The decision was one of many reached at a tripartite meeting between the state government led by Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, the Association of Local Government Chairmen led by Hon Itohan Osahon-Ogbeide, and the Organised Labour led by Comrade Emmanuel Ademokun.
The decision follows weeks of street protests and prayer sessions by the workers from the 18 local councils in a bid to draw public attention to their plight while appealing for the state governor’s intervention.
Governor Adams Oshiomhole who announced the resolution at the end of the meeting said: “the stoppage of payment of security allowance; suspension of payment to contractors; stoppage of payment of overhead and all allowances to political appointees and the councilors, whether appointed or electedwere designed to offset the salary arrears.”
The governor who directed that chairmen and councilors should not pay themselves until the workers are paid, said, “If you are not able to pay salaries of workers, then you don’t pay yourselves salaries. You cannot be eating when other workers are starving. Let both the leader and the workers starve together so they can feel the pain of the workers.”
He assured the local governments of the state government’s support saying “I will give you all the support you need so that we can free resources for local government to meet their obligations of their employees.”
Ruling out a bailout for the local governments he said, “Edo State government will not pay salaries of local government workers on behalf of local governments. It is not in the constitution, whether in the letter or the spirit that state governments pay salaries of workers of the local governments.
“The primary purpose of setting up Local Government is to in the course of Local Government delivery services to people in their locality to realize the need to employ people to provide those services”.
The meeting also resolved that the local governments cancel the appointment of casuals to free money for the payment of the local government workers and assured the local government workers that the arrears of their salaries will be defrayed this month.

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