BY ENYIM ENYIM
ONITSHA—Workers in the 21 local government areas of Anambra State have threatened to embark on an indefinite industrial action, should Governor Peter Obi fail to fully implement the 2006 approved scheme of service for council staff within 21 days.
Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE, in the state, in a statement by its President, Mr. Jerry Nnubia, also demanded the decentralisation of the payroll units of local governments as against the current process where consultants employed by the state government had been doing the job alone.
NULGE argued that the use of contractors for pay rolling had caused untold hardship on council staff in the payment of salaries, including what it described as illegal recruitment in the local government system.
The union also requested for the computerisation of pay roll units and other essential departments in the 21 councils of the state, as well as training of personnel to man them.
Calling on the state government to as a matter of urgency conduct the council polls in the state, NULGE said it rejected the transfer of six of its branch officers at Idemili North Local Government Area without due process and urged the government to reverse the transfer within 21 days.
It said: “The union calls on the state government to address the above issues within 21 days to avoid industrial disharmony in the local government system.”