Workers shut plateau LG secretariat over unpaid salaries

The council Secretariat of Lantang North Local Government Area of Plateau State has been shutdown on Thursday.

Protesting workers shutdown the coucil Secretariat over unpaid salaries.

Some of the angry workers who spoke with The PUNCH in Jos said they decided to close the secretariat to register their grievances over the non-payment of their salaries for more than four months.

One of the workers who declined to give her name said,”Early morning today (Thursday),Local Government staff of Langtang North LGA in large numbers embarked on a peaceful demonstration to register their grievances over non-payment of six months salary by the Local Government Management team.

“The council secretariat was closed under the instruction of the National Union of Local Government Employee. All offices were closed, both local and federal, including the judiciary offices.

“Roads leading in and out of Langtang North were also closed for several hours and we are not ready to stop the protest unless the government acts on our demands,” she added.

The President of NULGE in the state, Makwi Yohanna, also confirmed the development.

He said, “I don’t blame the workers because a hungry man is an angry man .

“How do you expect them to be happy when the workers have not been paid for more than four months? It is not as if the money is not there . From our investigation, the money for the payment of the workers salaries is intact.

“But the situation is calm now and we are appealing to the Ministry of Local Government to intervene in the matter so that all encumberances, including court injunction stopping the payments of the salaries to the workers, are resolved.”