The Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), in Ogun State, has challenged the state government to publish how it spent the N9.1 billion bailout from the of N18.9bn meant for payment of outstanding deductions, allowances in the 20 local government areas of the state.
This was sequel to a statement issued by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Taiwo Adeoluwa, last week, that government did not divert the fund for any other purposes than to settle outstanding arrears of salaries, leave bonuses/deductions of LG workers.
The SSG at a meeting held with Heads of Local Government Administrations and the leadership of the union at the state level, maintained that the fund was judiciously expended on what it was meant for.
However, the union in a statement signed by the state chairman, Comrade Ayuba Olatunji, challenged the state government to publish the statement of how the money was disbursed for the knowledge of the general public.
The union faulted government claim that the bailout fund was used to pay salaries, allowances/leave bonus of primary school teachers between July to September, 2015, and for local government staff which excluded leave bonus/ other allowances.
The statement said: “The Union frowned at this presentation while it raised question on how the Federal Allocation to Local Government within the periods July to September, 2015 were spent because it was not captured in their presentation at the meeting.
“As a result, the union still reiterates its earlier position that the bail-out fund was not extended to service the outstanding arrears of salaries/deductions of local government workers as claimed by the state government.
“We are equally challenging the state government to publish the statement showed to us at the above mentioned meeting for public consumption.”
Also, the union frowned at what it described as coercion on the part of government directing all HOLGA to write a communique to debunked NULGE insistence that the fund was extended to the LG service.
“The union considers the coercion by the State Government of the Heads of Local Government Administration (HOLGA) to write a communique to diffuse the claim of the union leadership to the effect that they have strong conviction that the bail out fund was expended appropriately to the benefit of the workers of the State including local government workers as a mere government propaganda, face saving and cover-up.
“It therefore challenge the respective Head of Local Government Administration to state in clear terms how the Local Government workers benefited in terms of the outstanding arrears of salaries, leave bonuses/ deductions of local government workers,” the union stressed.
Culled from the Nigerian Tribune