Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Al-Makura refuses to pay our 12 months’ salary arrears, Nasarawa LG workers cry out


Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a 30-year-old graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or www.facebook.com/RayyanAlhassan, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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Barely few weeks to the end of the present administration of Governor Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State, workers of Lafia local government area of the state are yet to be paid 12 month salary arrears.

Recall that during the inauguration of the state’s transition committee, Mr Al-Makura had claimed that his administration was not indebted.

However, DAILY NIGERIAN reports that some staff members of the local government area are feeling frustrated over the development, expressing worry that they might not be paid their entitlement by the governor.

Checks by this newspaper revealed that the 12 months salary arrears are the accumulation of percentage payment done by the governor from 2015 to 2018.

Isah Maryam, the Lafia local government chairman of Nigerian Union of local government Employees, NULGE, confirmed the development to DAILY NIGERIAN, saying, however, that the union was yet to tabulate the exact figures.

“Yes we are being owed as a result of percentage payment by the government, but I don’t have the accumulative figure yet,” he stated.

A breakdown of the 12 months salary arrears shows that in 2015 the workers are owed 105 percent, while in the year 2016, it was 633 percent.

Also in the year 2017, the local government workers were owed 341 percent, while in 2018 they are owed 135 percent which accumulated to 1,214 percent resulting to 12 months salary arrears.

Summary analysis shows that in 2016, workers only  got 100% payment in December, while in 2017 worker also got 100% payment for only one month in the month of July.

In the year 2018, there was an improvement as workers received 100% salaries in the months of September, October, November, December and January while other months are below hundred percent.

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