By Taye Obateru
Jos â€” Local Government workers in Plateau State have given the state government a seven-day ultimatum to rescind the decision to sack over 8,000 of their members or face industrial action.
The workers gave the ultimatum through the state chapter of the National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) which at a press conference queried the rationale behind the planned sack which it alleged did not follow due process.
State NULGE Chairman, Comrade Goewam Adamu Mohammed, said at a press briefing, yesterday, that the report of the audit committee was a violation of the countryâ€™s constitution as only local governments had the right to audit their staff.
He said the planned sack having not been gazetted by the state House of Assembly was illegal and would be resisted by the workers in â€œthe language it understands.â€
The council workers also renewed their call for the state government to obey a court order for the reinstatement of the suspended 57 directors of Personnel Management and directors of Finance and Supply as a sign of respect for the rule of law.
They demanded that promotion of members which had not been done for three years be looked into to stem stagnation by members as well as the resumption of the implementation of the new scheme of service for local government workers earlier suspended by the present administration.
The planned sack of the local government workers was contained in a white paper on a staff audit and reorganisation of local governments carried out by the state government.