By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The National President of Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Comrade Ambali Akeem Olatunji on Tuesday said there was never a time he accused any state government in the country of diverting local government funds.
Speaking in a chat on Monday night, the NULGE President pointed out that he never mentioned Oyo State or other states adding that the implanting of Oyo or any other states was not his statement but adulteration by some media for different political agenda.
“I never mentioned any state. My earlier statement affect all states in terms of 10 percent LGR that was not paid to LG in line with the relevant laws. l also alleged states of promulgating illegal laws contrary to section 7 and other sections of 1999 constitution seizing LG lnternaly generated collectables alongside diversion of LG Federal Allocation thereby crippling local governments “, he said.
The NULGE President stressed that ” implanting Oyo or any other states” was not his statement but adulteration by the Editor for different political Agenda”.
The Special Adviser on Labour Affairs to Governor Seyi Makinde, Barrister Bayo Titilola-Sodo on his part while debunking the allegation disclosed that in Oyo State, the government is committed to enhancing local administration as well as civil servants in the state and that in demonstrating this, efforts put in place included the consistent allocation of 10% of the state internally generated revenue to JAAC as dictated by the constitution and extant regulations.
” The present Omituntun government of Oyo state inherited arrears of unpaid salaries ranging from two to seven months across local government areas which have been promptly settled. Financial benefits of promotion for the years 2013-2017 were only fully effected at the advent of Seyi Makinde administration. Primary school teachers salaries were permanently a month in arrears until Governor Makinde came and brought the payment to par with others on the GSM date.”
Barrister Titilola-Sodo added, ” Salaries of active workers as well as pensions of senior citizens have been fully and consistently paid on the 25th of every month, a date now christened the GSM date, even at the peak of the COVID-19 pestilence when workers stayed at home”.
” Unlike in the past, when a month pension could be spread across three month period of payment. Car refurbishing loan ceiling has been raised to N750000 with N20m being injected into the revolving pool every month while housing loan also increased to a maximum of N2m.
Speaking further, he noted that the” GSM government has paid in less than two years over 4 times the gratuities paid in eight years of the previous administration”, while . maternity leave has been increased to 6 months in line with Labour practices across the globe. Approval granted for the award of a whopping 4 year promotion, 2017-2020
“Enhancement of the Grade Level of Full Directors from GL16 to GL17, resuscitation of training which has been abandoned for several years and robust relationship with Labour unions and Labour centers culminating in industrial harmony”