BY VINCENT UJUMADU
AWKA—THE National Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE, weekend urged the Anambra State government to effect the deduction and remittance into the union’s coffers, the seven months arrears of workers’ check off dues, which was not remitted during last year’s strike over the N18,000 minimum wage for workers.
Rising from a meeting of the South East zone of NULGE, the union in a statement by the national vice chairman in-charge of South East, Comrade Orji Akaji, said non-remittal of the dues was affecting the operations of NULGE.
He lamented that though the union had been pleading with the state government to remit the money, nothing had been done to date.
It will be recalled that the Ministry of Local Government stopped the deduction of the check off dues from the workers’ salaries from September, 2011 to March, 2012 during the minimum wage struggle, but resumed the remittance in April this year.
Anambra State president of NULGE, Comrade Jerry Nnubia, suggested aggregate deduction of the dues from the workers’ salaries in such a way that it would not adversely affect the workers.
According to him, NULGE had advised government to be making the deduction and remitting same monthly for seven months, in addition to the normal monthly check off dues.
He, however, commended the state government for releasing the withheld NULGE check off to the union.
NULGE also frowned at what it called the introduction of the 4thtier of government by Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, urging the governor to abolish it immediately because it is an aberration.