By GBENGA ARIYIBI
ADO-EKITI—Ekiti State Local Government workers have given the state government a 14-day ultimatum within which to pay them the N19,300 minimum wage or incur their wrath.
The government had paid N19,300 as minimum wage to workers in the state civil service leaving out local government workers.
Operating under the aegis of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE, the council in a statement, yesterday, by its secretary, Mr. Victor Adebayo, noted that the government had promised to pay N19,300 to all workers in its employment since last December, “irrespective of whether one works for the state or local government.”
They expressed displeasure over the inability of the government to pay the health workers at the local government level their allowance, especially on Consolidated Health Service Scale, CONHESS, and Consolidated Medical Salary Scale,CONMESS, 18 months ago after the state government committed itself to pay the allowances to all category of health workers in the state.
Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation,Mr. Funminiyi Afuye, attributed delay in the payment of the new wage to council workers to the ongoing biometric data capturing, aimed at knowing the number of council workers.
The commissioner, however assured that as soon as the exercise is completed the issue of minimum wage would be addressed