By Our Reporter
Local Government workers in Kogi State have appealed to the Government to return the office of the Director of Personnel Management which they described as the engine room of the local government system.
This forms part of the communiqué issued at the end of the State Executive Council, SEC, meeting of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees, (NULGE), which was held at the union State secretariat on Tuesday.
The communiqué which was jointly signed by the State President of NULGE, Comrade Tade Adeyemi and Secretary Comrade Bridget Ayendi respectively congratulated Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State for his resounding election victory at the Supreme Court.
The State Executive Council of NULGE in the communiqué further expressed their gratitude to the State Government for another pardon list that is about to be released stressing that, this further confirmed that Governor Bello has continued to listen to the yearnings of local government workers in Kogi State
While eulogizing the state government for constituting local government service commission, the union leaders further confirmed that such development will impact meaningfully on local government staffs across the state.
According to the communiqué, there is need as a matter of urgency for the Local Government Service Commission to kick-start the promotion interview for 2018, 2019 and 2020 for local government workers adding that, the commission should equally ensure the payment of in service training funds which has been stalled for a long time.
It however expressed displeasure over persistent garnishing order on Local Government account which is occasion by indebtedness of some local government particularly Adavi local government which are yet to receive their January 2020 salary.
On the issue of salary, the council resolved that the ministry of local government should pay at least a bench mark of 50 percent salary at that level.
The union also resolved that the account of the Local Government should be fully returned to them so as to allow the union at that level to have proper negotiation of their salaries.
They however observed the under payment of September 2020 salary which was occasion in some Local Government and equaling dialoguing with the government to address the issue of October 2020 salary.
While emphasizing that dialogue remains a panacea to industrial development, the State Executive Council of NULGE however called on the government to address the issues highlighted above in a bid to sustain the industrial peace and harmony between the local government workers and the government.