The Baye4lsa State House of Assembly has summoned the chairmen of the eight local government councils in the state to appear before it in order to explain the non-payment of the workers’ salary since April this year.
Member representing Yenagoa Constituency 2 in the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Hon. Ebiuwou Koku Obiyai who expressed concern over the delay in the payment of local government workers’ salaries in the state, raised the motion for their summon.
Seconding the motion inviting the big eight local government council chairmen in the state on the floor of the House to explain why the workers in the local government councils were being owed salaries from April to date at Tuesday’s sitting, the female lawmaker maintained that the workers were entitled to their salaries at the end of each month.
The lawmaker, who is a former labour leader in the state, lamented the untold hardship the local government council workers may be facing as a result of the unpaid salaries, saying that salary is the life line of every worker.
Hon. Obiyai, the immediate past state chairperson of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, urged the council chairmen to ensure that the situation was handled with the seriousness it deserved in order to avoid unwarranted industrial crisis at the councils, even as she appealed to the council workers to be calm as the State House of Assembly was wading into the matter.
The motion inviting the eight council chairmen, the commissioner for local government and other relevant officers to appear on the floor of the House to explain their roles in the non-payment of workers’ salaries, was moved by the member representing Southern Ijaw Constituency 3, Hon. Daniel Igali.