By Matthew Denis
The Kwara State Chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress has called on the newly sworn-in Chairmen of the 16 local governments to focus on clearing salary arrears of their workers.
The state Chairman of NLC, Comrade Yekeen Agunbiade made the disclosure during an interview with this medium in at the weekend.
He said, “Employees of various local government areas, those at the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) and pensioners are currently owed salary arrears between three to nine months. “Hence I want to appeal to the newly elected council chairmen to prioritise salary backlogs of workers. They should concentrate on their official responsibilities so that in the next one year they would have cleared six months’ salary arrears.
According to him, during a meeting between NLC and Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed last Tuesday, the latter sounded out the idea of transferring SUBEB staff from local government to the state.
“The Governor promised that when he meets with the council chairmen, he will know their individual problems with the hope of finding lasting solutions.”
The NLC boss however appealed to the state government to expedite action in order to improve the standard of living of the people.
Meanwhile, the NLC Chairman has called on the federal government to put necessary plan in place in order to avert impeding fuel scarcity in the country.