Leadership (Abuja)

30 January 2013

Nigeria: Minimum Wage - NULGE Expresses Sadness Over Non-Implementation in Some States

The National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) has expressed sadness over the non-implementation of the new minimum wage in some states of the federation.

The NULGE National President, Alhaji Ibrahim Khaleel, made this known at a news conference at the end of the union's National Executive Council (NEC) meeting in Abuja on Wednesday.

He said that the meeting rejected the discriminatory policy of some state governments which excluded local government workers from benefitting from the new wage.

"The NEC rejects the discriminatory policy of some state governments which excluded local government workers from benefitting from the new wage, while it pays the civil servants at the state level.

"The NULGE NEC noted that going by the revenue accrued to local governments nationwide, there is no council that is incapable of paying its workers the new minimum wage."

Khaleel urged the governors of Oyo, Osun, Plateau, Zamfara and Kebbi to pay their local government officers the new wage, saying their action was a clear disobedience to the law of the land.

"NEC, therefore, directs the committee on the non-implementation of the new minimum wage to compile all cases of non compliance with the new minimum wage Act.

"This meeting further directed members to be prepared for a mass action in the affected states."

The union boss expressed appreciation to the Nigeria Labour Congress and its affiliate bodies "for their great sense of solidarity and concern to the plight of the workers in plateau."

He said the union showed solidarity with local government workers in Plateau when their salaries were seized for over seven months due to their refusal to collect the old minimum wage.

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