Nnamani issues new deadline on payment of council salaries
March 14, 2006
The Enugu State Government has directed that salaries of local government staff in the state must be paid latest by the 21st of every month starting from the month of March, 2006.

The State Governor, Chimaroke Nnamani, gave the directive at a meeting with the State and local government executives of the Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Local Government Service Commission (LGSC) and Local Government Pensions Board (LGPB) at the Government House, Enugu.

Governor Nnamani also directed that all the local government staff who had earlier received half of their salaries must be paid in full forthwith starting from this month.

"As I stated clearly, our local government employees must be paid their full salaries every month without excuse, latest by the 21st of every month or somebody will be punished", the governor said.

Furthermore, ordered the governor, leave allowances for one year must be paid to the workers latest next month, while those of other outstanding years would be paid just as the government pays civil servants and teachers in the state.

The governor, who expressed his deep respect and high regard for the local government system, also reassured them of his government’s continued partnership with the staff of that tier of government because of its closeness to the rural areas where the majority of our people reside.

"I do not believe that any other government in history has accorded more respect to this tier of government than our government in Enugu State”, the governor said, while reiterating his government's determination to restore the local government system to its past glory and the dignity of its staff so that it would continue to play its role in the localities.

Governor Nnamani made it clear that his administration is interested in empowering and restoring the dignity of local government staff and urged them to always ask for their entitlements as a matter of right and not privilege.

He told them that the problem in the state was caused by the elites who had marginalized the people and subjected them to decades of enslavement, but are now dislocated and disconnected from power.

The governor explained to them that nothing had changed, adding that his administration was anchored on the solid rock of the masses and God and would continue to deliver democracy dividends to the people that gave him power.

In his speech, the State NULGE Chairman, Mr. Eugene Ugwu, expressed gratitude to the Governor for his special interest in the welfare of local government workers.

Mr. Ugwu described the Governors’ constant meetings with various groups and the manner he relates with members of NULGE as a demonstration of his concern and recognition of their worth.

The NULGE Chairman commended the Governor for the creation of local government development centers in the state, describing it as yet a demonstration of his interest to encourage the development of the rural areas.

He then assured the Governor of their cooperation and total support and appealed to him to direct the release of their recent promotion exercise.


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