Consultant Not Deducting LG Allocation, Kwara Govt. Tells Workers Union

nairaThe Kwara State government has denied claims by local council workers in the state that a consultant was handling their salary payment.

The Personnel Database Development Committee denied the allegation on Friday, a day after the state branch of the National Union of Local Government Workers (NULGE) that the consultant who handled the personnel verification exercise receives 30 per cent of local governments’ monthly allocation.

NULGE had alleged that the state government had appointed consultants to prepare and pay their salaries, claiming that the alleged drawing of 30 per cent out of the already low and inadequate allocations to the local governments would worsen the hardships in the councils.

After the union made the claims, the committee, in a statement by its alternate Chairman, Mr Sola Gold, described NULGEe’s claim as false and misleading, claiming that the consultant engaged for the exercise has no access to LG allocations nor makes unauthorised deductions from workers’ pay.

He said it is was impossible to deduct any money from local government’s already meager allocation, stressing that the state government was rather augmenting their revenue for salary payment.

Mr Gold, who is also Secretary to the State Government, said the only charges on workers’ pay is a monthly bank charge which was agreed with representatives of labour including NULGE, NUT, JNC, TUC and NLC whose officials were members of the committee.

The State government also debunked NULGE’s assertion that the payment of salaries had been contracted to a consultant.

Rather, it clarified that the consultant was only supervising the use of the new personnel database until all claims are verified and a final personnel figure is obtained six months from November 2016 when the report was submitted.

While acknowledging the inconvenience suffered by those whose claims are currently being verified, Mr Gold said all personnel were given eight months to come forward for verification before the exercise ended.

He, however, assured workers that all genuine ones would be verified and paid while urging NULGE to always utilise the channels of communication between it and the government to clarify issues instead of feeding the public with falsehood.

Osun Doctors Suspend Six Months Strike

Osun doctorsActivities are beginning to pick up at all the government hospitals in Osun State following the suspension of the over 6 months strike by doctors.

A visit by Channels Television to the state university teaching hospital Asubiaro in Osogbo, the state capital showed that doctors were back to their desks attending to patients.

The doctors, under the aegis of Osun State Association of Medical and Dental Officers (OSAMDO) said that the decision to suspend the strike was because of the people.

The doctors had been on strike to protest the non-payment of their salaries and other emoluments for over four months.

Several protests had been held as the doctors tried to press home their demands.

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The South West caucus of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) also threatened at a time to embark on systematic solidarity strike across the South-west states.

The Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) said that it would exploit every means to protect its members against what it described as ‘unjust treatment’ by the Osun State government.

Osun Workers Demand Full Salary Payment

NLC 3The Osun State chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), has demanded for full payment of modulated salaries of the workers on level eight and above from the State Government.

The leadership of the NLC made the demand at an emergency meeting between Labour and the Joint Negotiating Council (JNC) in Osogbo, the capital of Osun State on Saturday.

‎Addressing reporters at the end of the meeting, Chairman of the Osun State chapter of the NLC, Jacob Adekomi, said that the Labour leaders at no time, signed any agreement with the government on a 50 per cent take home pay for workers on level eight and above.

Mr Adekomi said that the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) entered into by Labour with the government on July 13, 2015, ‎was based on the prevailing circumstance bothering on paucity of funds at that time.

He noted that ‎the Osun State workforce has shown much understanding to the financial challenges of the government, but queried government’s commitment to the said agreement.

The Labour Leader maintained that since government is able to pay workers on grade level 1-7 full salaries,workers on grade level 8-17 would no longer be disposed to ‎collecting half salaries.

He called on the government to put its house in order and commence full implementation of various accumulated allowances of workers in Osun State to avert another round of industrial upheaval in the state.

Unpaid Salaries: Osun Workers To Resume Strike

osun strikeLabour leaders in Osun State, South-west Nigeria, have resolved to continue with the on-going industrial action until the state government fulfills all the points raised in the agreement reached in the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), signed with the workers on payment of the two months salaries.

Speaking on the position of the union after hours of meeting, the state Chairman of the Joint Negotiating Council (JNC), Bayo Adejumo, maintained that workers will not return to work until the full payment of January and February salary is implemented.

The labour leaders said they have reached a decision on the way forward for the Osun workforce and have also taken a position on what they termed as “breach of agreement” on the state governments part having signed a Memorandum of Understanding with government to offset two out of the seven months unpaid salaries.

It is said that the decision on who to read the resolution of the labour leaders became a difficulty before the Chairman of the JNC read it out, and was silent on whether the strike continues or is suspended.

Earlier this month, there was an agreement between the leadership of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Osun State Government as the 6-weeks strike embarked upon had been suspended.

The Chairman of the Union, Jacob Adekomi, said that the Union agreed to suspend the strike as government has fulfilled its part by paying the two months arrears.