Abakaliki – Ebonyi chapter of NULGE has rejected government plans to transfer junior staff to their local government areas of origin in its bid to reform local government administration in the state.
The union, in a letter to Governor Martin Elechi, after its executive meeting in Abakaliki, alleged that junior local government workers were being forcefully transferred to their local governments of origin.
NULGE described the policy as unprecedented in history of local government administration in Nigeria and stressed that it was capable of undermining the industrial peace in the state.
â€œThe policy is capable of undermining the existing stability, cordiality and the industrial peace in the system. And it could as well cause untold havoc, rancour and dissatisfaction among the staff,â€ the union said in the letter.
The letter by Mr Ike Abugu, state Secretary of NULGE, alleged that the action was politically motivated.
â€œThe transfer is being carried out without recourse to the plight, pains, and problems of resettling, relocating the families of our members, who have all their lives, lived in the host local government areas. In fact, the policy is counterproductive and will only exacerbate the very problem it is meant to solve,â€ it said.
The state Chaiman of NULGE, Mr Leonard Nkah, told newsmen that the planned transfer of the junior workers to their local government areas of origin would breed corruption.
â€œThe exercise would psychologically, administratively and culturally distort the local government system in the state. It will at the same time discourage cultural assimilations; promote acrimony, indiscipline and corruption among the staff, while encouraging community intervention in local government administration,â€ he said.
Nkah said that the union had earlier condemned the blanket transfer in a petition to the Governor, adding that no action had been taken to redress the anomaly.
â€œMuch as this policy is aimed at ensuring punctuality, regularity and cutting costs, we wish to draw Governor Elechiâ€™s attention to the danger it portends to the existence of the system. We wish to point out that extant labour law stipulates that rules and regulations affecting workers should not be made without prior consultation with their umbrella union.
This policy is alien to the local government system and it promotes indigenisation at a time when the entire nation is moving against it,” he said.