Angry workers in Delta State yesterday stormed the Delta State House of Assembly with placard to protest against the non-payment of their salaries.
The protest led by the National President of Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Comrade Ibrahim Khaleel Abdulkadir, marched from their secretariat to the Assembly chanting solidarity songs and navigating traffic on their way.
The protest, however, turned violent when security forces confronted the demonstrating workers and stopping them from gaining entrance to the assembly complex. The angry workers, however, succeeded in barricading the entrance to the complex.
Addressing newsmen on-behalf of the workers, NULGE National President, Comrade Abdulkadir decried a situation whereby local government workers are owed salaries areas of up to 10 months. He therefore calls for autonomy of local government councils insisting that local government elections be conducted so as to have elected leadership that will address the yearnings of the people at that level.
elections be held to allow the people chose those those who will pilot their affairs at the local government level.
The NULGE National President said he had previously met with the Governor of Delta State, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa over the huge salary arrears of the state workers and that the Governor had promised that the second trench of the Paris Club refund to the state would be used to clear those arrears. Unfortunately, the promise remains to be kept.
Delta State workers especially local government employees have been owed salaries of up to 5 to 12 months with no concrete evidence in the moment that they will be paid any time soon.