Workers in the 20 local governments in Ogun State have threatened a showdown with the state government over unpaid salaries.
Already, the workers have given the state government a fresh seven-day ultimatum to pay the salaries or risk a strike.
According to the letter signed by the state Secretary of the National Union of Local Government Employees, Mr. Bamidele Oyeniyan, the governor must within the next seven days thrash out issues bordering on the “total shifting of the 100 per cent payment of primary school teachers’ salaries, leave bonuses, pensions and other charges which are now causing over-delay/irregular payment of salaries of LGA workers as at when due.”
The 14-day ultimatum earlier given the Ogun State Government by the workers lapsed on Tuesday.
Our correspondent learnt that workers in more than 11 councils are being owed salaries.
The workers however regretted that the financial burden placed on the councils by the state government had crippled the local government system in the state.
The letter read, “There is no gainsaying the fact that this misfortune bestowed upon the local government has totally crippled the local government system of administration in Ogun State.
“In addition, it has turned an average local government worker into chronic debtor, poor public servant and hopeless fellows. We are tired of monthly salary agitations. A final solution should be provided.”
The workers warned that they would embark on strike from Tuesday next week if the state government fails to address their grievances.
They also advised Governor Ibikunle Amosun to address the “inability to pay leave bonuses for over a year now and non-remittance of 15 per cent pension deductions in most local governments”.
The workers however expressed the hope that the state government would take steps to prevent “these issues from degenerating into full blown industrial action by addressing them with prompt and positive actions”.
Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Alhaji Yusuph Olaniyonu, directed our correspondent to the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Muyiwa Oladipo, who could not be reached on the telephone.