Pulse.ng logo
Go

In Oyo Ministry workers threaten showdown over 16-month unpaid salaries

They demanded that all workers and pensioners who draw their salaries and pensions from the ministry be paid regularly and promptly every month.

  • Published:
Governor Abiola-Ajimobi of Oyo state play

Governor Abiola-Ajimobi of Oyo state

(Pulse.ng)
24/7 Live - Subscribe to the Pulse Newsletter!

Workers in the  Oyo State Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters on Monday  threatened to embark on  industrial action if their 16-month salary arrears were not paid.

The workers issued the threat at a joint press conference organised by  the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) and Nigeria Union of Pensioners (NUP).

The state NULGE President, Mr Bayo Titilola-Sodo, alleged that the ministry often deliberately withholds workers’  salaries and retirees’  pensions for between two  and  three months.

“The union can no longer guarantee industrial peace with the Ministry of  Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters if salary  arrears of members and other demands are not addressed,’’ he said.

“While the Oyo State Government disburses monthly allocations promptly to pay workers and pensioners.

“The ministry from where NULGE, NUP and NUT members draw their entitlements withholds allocations.

“The Federal Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) allocations are released to state governments and local governments at the same time.

“However, workers and pensioners wallow in undeserved poverty, while these allocations are kept in banks.

“ Right now, the Oyo State government has paid its workers and pensioners two months salaries and pensions from Paris Club Fund and a month allocation.

“The ministry is yet to release funds for payment of local government workers, pensioners, and serving primary school teachers,’’ the NULGE president said.

He lamented that local governments like Lagelu, Egbeda, Ibadan North West and  Ogbomoso South  were being owed  arrears of up to eight months.

Titilola-Sodo said the "fortunate" local governments were last paid a full salary in September  2016.

He disclosed that retired primary school teachers had not been paid their gratuity since 2008 and were being owed 43 months pension arrears.

The union leader demanded that all workers and pensioners who draw their salaries and pensions from the ministry be paid regularly and promptly every month.

He stressed that failure to comply with this and other demands would jeopardise industrial peace in the ministry. 

Do you ever witness news or have a story that should be featured on Pulse Nigeria?
Submit your stories, pictures and videos to us now via WhatsApp: +2349055172167, Social Media @pulsenigeria247: #PulseEyewitness & DM or Email: eyewitness@pulse.ng. More information here.