This is part of the communiqué issued after the meeting attended by the state governor, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed, local government chairmen and labour leaders on the salary arrears of local government staff and teachers.
The Chairman of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) in the state, Barrister Abdulateef Okandeji, who read the communiqué said the meeting also resolved that ALGON and other stakeholders will work out modalities on “how future allocations would be disbursed while prioritizing payment of salaries of staff from hence forth”.
Barr. Okandeji, who is also the Chairman of Ilorin East local government, said the meeting also reviewed state and local government finances as a result of persistent shortfall in resources and allocation.
The chairman added that Government on its part said it is “neither desirous of sacking workers nor reducing the minimum wage. Government together with Labour Unions is to explore the best ways to access fund to pay the backlog of salary arrears – October, November and December – owed the staff of the Local Governments as well as Primary/Basic school teachers in the State”.
Barr. Okandeji noted that the meeting appreciated that the current allocation can barely take care of few of the financial commitments of the local governments which caused backlog of salaries owed the local government staff, local government pensions, primary and junior secondary school teachers.
The meeting was also attended by representatives of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Trade Union Congress, Joint Negotiation Council, Nigeria Union of Teachers and Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees.