Barely two hours after the Nasarawa State House of Assembly passed a resolution mandating a standing committee to investigate the payment of half salaries to some local government staff in the state, the staff of Doma local government area of the state staged a peaceful protest over non- payment of their August salaries.
The staff members complained about the lackadaisical attitude of the management over their plight.
The Doma local government chairman of the Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE, Aliyu Omadifu, who spoke to journalists said the protest was to show the world their pain.
Mr. Omadifu said although the council’s chairman, Henry Omaku, had agreed to a dialogue on the matter, it had become necessary to stage the protest to send a message to those at the helm of affairs.
He pointed out that it was the second week into September yet staff were yet to receive their August salaries.
Reacting to the development, the Doma local government chairman, Mr. Omaku, said his administration inherited over N21million debt from previous administrations. He said he had been able to offset most of it, leaving just N13 million.
“The non-payment of staff salaries is not only peculiar to Doma local government; in fact other local governments in the state have same challenge,” he said.
He said that the state government was using SURE-P fund to augment the salaries but had stopped because the House of Assembly asked it to.
Mr. Omaku called on the staff of the local government to exercise patience as he was doing everything possible to clear all the inherited debt.
The state assembly on Monday had set up a joint committee to investigate the alleged payment of half salaries to some local government staff.
The matter was brought up by Mohammed Baba Ibaku (PDP) representing Udege-Loko constituency under matters of urgent matters of public interest.