Workers Lock Down Local Govt Secretariat Over Unpaid Salaries In Plateau

The council Secretariat was closed on Thursday by protesting employees from Plateau State’s Lantang North Local Government Area.

Some of the irate employees in Jos said they closed the secretariat to voice their complaints about not receiving their paychecks for more than four months.

A worker who wished to remain anonymous stated, “Local government employees of Langtang North LGA in huge numbers started on a peaceful demonstration this morning (Thursday) to air their frustrations over the Local Government Management team’s failure to pay them for six months of salary.

“The National Union of Local Government Employee gave the order to close the council secretariat. Both local and federal offices, as well as the courts, were closed.

“Roads leading in and out of Langtang North were also closed for several hours and we are not ready to stop the protest unless the government acts on our demands,” she added.

The President of NULGE in the state, Makwi Yohanna, also confirmed the development.

He said, “I don’t blame the workers because a hungry man is an angry man.

“How do you expect them to be happy when the workers have not been paid for more than four months? It is not as if the money is not there . From investigation, the money for the payment of the workers salaries is intact.

“But the situation is calm now and we are appealing to the Ministry of Local Government to intervene in the matter so that all encumberances, including court injunction stopping the payments of the salaries to the workers, are resolved.”

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