Activities at the offices of the 20 local governments in Ogun State may be grounded in the next seven days, following a fresh threat by local government workers to embark on a strike over some issues.
The workers said in a letter signed by the State Secretary of the National Union of Local Government Employees, Mr. Bamidele Oyeniyan, that Governor Ibikunle Amosun must, within the next seven days, settle their unpaid salaries.
The workers, whose earlier 14-day ultimatum to Amosun lapsed on Tuesday, claim that those of them in more than 11 councils are being owed salaries while those working in the others have been receiving less than half of their monthly pay.
Also, many of the councils are said to have been surviving on overdraft facilities from banks due to poor funding.
They also urged the governor to resolve the total shifting of the 100 per cent payment of primary school teachers salaries, leave bonuses, pensions and other charges to local government councils which are now causing over-delay/irregular payment of salaries of local government workers as at when due.
They said the financial burden had hampered the councils financially and made them incapable of carrying out any meaningful projects.
They further urged the governor to put an end to "tax deductions at source on salaries yet-to-be paid to local government workers."
More details later.