Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) Imo State branch has said it will g ahead with its planned strike if the government doesn’t meets its demands before Friday April 24 2020.
The Union had accused Governor Hope Uzodinma of diverting local government funds, a contravention of the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) guidelines.
The union’s president, Pastor Richard Eze, said the governor haven’t yet deemed it fit to convene a meeting to proffer lasting solution to the non-payment of salaries in the state four days after they submitted a strike warning letter.
The strike warning letter had read, “Despite all the humble representations, fulfillment of all demands and demand letters to the Governor by the leadership of NULGE to this regard, the State Government is yet to do the needful and release our Salaries.
“Our members and their many dependants in the circumstance have been left to languish in hunger and hardship even in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, Easter celebration and the current dusk to dawn curfew.
“We are aware that, on behalf of the local Governments, the State Government had long collected the March and April Federation Allocation of Local Governments in the State, and in line with the NFIU guidelines which the Governor promised to respect, it is expected that the monies should be paid into the account of Local Governments from where salaries are released as first charge.
“In the light of above, if at the close of work Fri 24th April 2020, Local Government workers are not paid their March and April Salaries, NULGE shall be left with no other option than to shut activities in all the local Governments and embark on a peaceful demonstration. We would rather die of Government bullets or Coronavirus than hunger.”
“The government of Imo State is tampering with the Local Government (LG) Funds and have refused to pay the salaries of local government workers despite the lockdown and the COVID-19 crisis.
“Since he came on board, he has not disclosed the amount he got from the Federation Account, he has not implemented the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) guidelines, the money meant for local government has not been released and the governor is not paying the local government workers”.