By Enyim Enyim
The Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE, Anambra State chapter, weekend defied the state government’s plea to reverse the suspension order placed on some of its executive members.
The union said the decision to suspend indefinitely 11 of its SEC members would not be reversed unless the affected officers showed enough remorse for their alleged anti- union activities.
Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Mr Dubem Obaze, had received the state leadership of the union, led by Mr Jerry Nnubia, to clarify rumours making the rounds that government had instructed heads of local government administration to, as a punitive measure, transfer NULGE branch chairmen loyal to the state president and had a hand in the suspension of the 11 SEC members two weeks ago.
Besides, the visit was to enable the union know whether the commissioner for local government was actually sponsoring the crisis in the union as alleged by some members of NULGE.
Addressing reporters, Nnubia said the suspended members remained suspended, in spite of government’s appeal that the matter be resolved, saying the matter was an internal matter that could only be resolved internally if the suspended members showed remorse.
He said the commissioner for local government, while addressing workers that accompanied him(Nnubia) to Government House, Awka, denied allegations that government was sponsoring crisis in the union as well as interfering unduly in the affairs of NULGE in the state.
According to him, Obaze advised the union to go and resolve their internal matter amicably in order not to further heat up the system, especially at this period of preparation for the 2011 general election.
He said the commissioner hinted that government had concluded plans to pay workers the 2010 annual leave allowances into their November salary.