AGENE GODWIN, Benin
Workers under the aegis of National Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE, Edo state chapter Wednesday resolved to vote out the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, government by the September 10 governorship election if their salaries are not paid.
The workers also decried what they called ‘insensitivity’ of the state government to the plight of workers in the state, even as one of their members was confirmed dead during the protest in Benin Wednesday.
The protesting local government workers who were led in the protest by their national President, Ibrahim Khaleel, were chanting anti government slogans and barricaded all major entrances into the city.
Displaying placards of various inscriptions, the workers who were all dressed in black clothing said government must own up and pay them their salaries.
Addressing the workers both at the Kings Square and the premises of the NUJ, Comrade Khaleel said “we are here in Edo state today to show solidarity with you. We are aware that you have been owed between 7 to 18 months of salaries by the Edo state government. What we are saying is that your salaries must be paid and the governor must stop using our money to pay SUBEB staff.
“He should start paying his counterpart funding for primary school teachers salaries and pay the 10% acruable to LGs from the allocation due to the state.
“Comrades, we are ready to vote out this government if it does not listen to our plight and pay what is due to us. We will vote out this government if the need arises, should he fail to pay our salaries.”
Also the state chairman, Comrade Young Ilemikhena urged the workers not to be discouraged adding that victory will be achieved at the end of the struggle.
“I call on all of us here to observe a minute’s silence for our comrade from Esan north east local government area who slumped and died this morning while we were gathered for this struggle.”