The Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), yesterday said local government workers in the country are the most discriminated and vulnerable in the country in terms welfare and payment of salaries.
Speaking ahead of the NULGE at 40 celebration, president of the Union, Ibrahim Khaleel, said some states, since the signing of the N18 000 minimum wage, local government workers have not earned the wage.
Khaleel said for instance, local government workers in Zamfara State still earn N6,000 as minimum wage. He lamented that local government is no longer functioning, due to what he described as strangulation of the arm of government by state governors.
He said the union will use the celebration of its 40th anniversary to restrategise on the how to engage the political class ahead of the general elections next year.
He said, “Why we put so much energy in our struggles and focus on is because the system is dying or even dead. It is dead because local government is no longer functioning. I said it is no longer functioning because of the level of encroachment from state governments.
“To greater extent, local government workers in Nigeria are the most discriminated class of workers in the country, we are the most discriminated because the system we found ourselves is not working and that is why for us to have a holistic approach to issues that broader on functions as workers to deliver on the mandate we are employed on actions of local government.”
Khaleel, explained that the level of insecurity and poverty currently being experienced in the country is as a result of failure to get a functional local government system.