Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees in Ekiti State have issued a 14-day ultimatum to the state government over the delay in commencement of payment of the new minimum wage.
The NULGE, in a statement by the secretary of the union on Monday, Mr. Victor Adebayo, said it was unfortunate that the government which promised to pay the new minimum wage of N19,300 to all its workers since 2011, was yet to fulfill the promise at the end of July.
The union said it would not make public its next step if the government failed to implement the new wage after the expiration of the ultimatum.
But the Commissioner for Information, Mr. Funminiyi Afuye, in his reaction to the ultimatum appealed to the workers while assuring them that the government would pay the new minimum wage.
He said the government was carrying out biometric data capture of all the workers to know the number of genuine workers in the councils.
Afuye assured the workers that the exercise would soon be completed, saying the workers would be paid.
But the NULGE said, “Instead of government acceding to our request by paying the new salary to our members,government has been ordering us to go for verification and unfortunately this particular exercise has claimed lives of some of our members.
“Consequently, the union has directed that a second notice to the effect for another 14 days,be served to the government to address the matter raised by the union.”