The leadership of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees [NULGE] and the Nigeria Labour Congress Edo State Chapter have threatened to embark on indefinite strike action should the State Government decline to make available the balance N450million bail out fund for the local government councils lodged in Access Bank.
State president, NULGE Comrade Edward Young Ilenikhena who decried the present plights of the councils workers and inability of the out gone executive chairmen to offset salary arrears spanning between 10 to 15 months said the warning strike will commence on Friday
‘’ I want to put on record that the local government had a bailout, after the bailout we still have surplus with Access Bank ranging to about N450million. As we speak, the State Government and the ministry of finance are still holding that money’’
‘’I expect that by now with the groaning of the local government workers across the state that the government will authorize Access Bank to release that money to at least pay their one or two months salaries’’
Ilenikhena said after series of representation made to the Government and the local government service commission by the Union in collaboration with the State NLC no rescue appears to be on the way except in Egor local government council where the Central Bank has concluded plan to release N360 million to offset seven months salary arrears
He equally described as rape on democracy the failure of the State Independent Electoral Commission [EDSIEC] to conduct local government election before the expiration of the tenure of the out gone executive chairmen
‘’They are truncating the democratic system of the local government, they were fully aware of the time the last local government election was conducted and the same time they were fully aware of the period their tenure was to expire’’
“It is a rape on democracy as far as the local government is concerned. What we have now is not a local government administration because is not by the people and for the people. So, to us it is not a local government administration it is a local administration’’