Abiodun Taiwo, Abeokuta
Baring last minute move by the government, the Ogun State chapter of Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees may begin an indefinite strike tomorrow following the expiration of twenty one day ultimatum issued by the Union.
It could be recalled that the Public School Teachers are also on strike now due to what they termed as government’s lukewarm attitude to the plight of Teachers in the State.
A statement by the secretary of the state NULGE, Bamidele Oyeniran, in Abeokuta, a copy of which was made available to our correspondent, said that the demands had been presented to the state governor, Ibikunle Amosun, since December 2014.
It added that the ultimatum would lapse on Tuesday, January 27 (today).
Part of their demand according to the release was the payment of primary schools? teachers? salary which they said should be shared 50 -50 between the state and the local governments as opposed to the current system where only the councils pay primary school teachers.
They also want the state government to be paying 10 per cent of its Internally Generated Revenue to the Joint Account Allocation Committee account as contained in the Allocation Act 1982 as amended.
The statement read in part, ?If by the close of work on Tuesday 27th January, 2015 our demands are not met, the entire local government workers across the 20 local governments in the state, local government service commission and the bureau of local government pensions will proceed on an indefinite strike, commencing from Wednesday 28th January, 2015 to press home their demands.?
Meanwhile, Amosun has said that efforts are in top gear to resolve the issues that led to the strike by public school teachers in the state.
The governor, who said this during his ward-to-ward re-election campaign rally in Ogun Waterside Local Government Area of the state, said, ?We are committed to improving the lives of workers in this state. This is the reason our salary is higher than other states in the South-West and which is paid on time and regularly.
?When we came on board, teachers salary was N700m plus but we have increased it to N1.9bn within our three and half years in office.
?We are discussing with Nigeria Union of Teachers to see that all issues are resolved. The lapses that brought about the strike would be addressed.?

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