Ex Councillors Protest Unpaid Salaries In Niger

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Niger State Governor,Sani Bello


By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna


Former local government councillors who served from June 2015 in Niger State and have not been paid their exit allowances are on rampage.
The umbrella body of the erstwhile councillors had last week besieged the Lafene Secretariat complex which houses the administrative building of the state civil service to press home their demand to be settled.
While expressing their anger, the former elected councillors had alleged that the present administration in the state was treating them with ignominy worse than how slaves were treated.
In their hundreds, the former councillors stormed the state government secretariat but left after several hours peaceful protest.
This Monday morning, as early as 7:45am, all the affected councillors in Munya council area of Niger state whose exit allowances have not been paid, stormed the council’s secretariat building with their beddings and took over the entrance gate of the complex.
All movements into and out of the building were hindered by the protesting former councillors who vowed that they would not vacate their stay therefrom unless their grievances were addressed.
The angry councillors alleged that the state government had sourced a loan since last year from where over two million was sent to the leadership of the council to offset the backlog of the allowances owed the former councillors but not a dime from the money received was given to any of the former councillors.
Efforts to get the reactions of the leadership of the council were abortive as all the television lines of the Chairman and Secretary of by local government were not reachable at the time of filing this report.
The state government did not say anything over last week’s siege on the state government secretariat despite threats by the former councillors to cause a stampede in the daily government businesses if their complaints were not settled.                       

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