The Ondo state President of the Nigeria Union of local government Employees (NULGE), Comrade Bola Taiwo says the recent staff audit carried out in the eighteen local councils of the state revealed that many workers who travelled out of the country are still on government’s pay roll.
Taiwo disclosed this while speaking with reporters in Akure
He however noted the exercise was not done in order to downsize workers at the local government level.
He advised politicians and aspirants for 2020 Ondo state governorship election to desist from playing politics with the recent screening of the local government workers, pensioners and primary school teachers in the state.
According to him, he screening exercise was in the best interest of the workers and pensioners.
He assured that governor Rotimi Akeredolu-led administration would not use the exercise to retrench any worker.
He said, “politicians should not use workers’ welfare to play politics against Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu; the screening for primary school teachers, local government workers and their pensioners is not to witch hunt anybody.
“The screening exercise was organised to know the numerical strength of local government workers and primary school teachers to enable government plans for the workers.”
The NULGE President expressed reservation over the failure of both government and the organised labour to agree on a new salary table before signing into law of the new minimum wage.
His words, “At the initial stage, there is a mistake, I don’t expect our labour leaders to agree on a new minimum wage without a table, in the past years, there will be a (salary) table before going on negotiations, it is the table that should be used to reach figure, that is why we find ourselves at this stage.”