The National President, Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE, Ambali Olatunji, on Monday, demanded an upward review of workers’ salaries by 300 per cent to cushion the effects of fuel subsidy removal.
Olatunji also canvassed that a single institution be made to fix the salaries of workers and those of political office-holders to ensure parity since everybody patronises the same market in the country.
The labour leader, who spoke in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, during the inauguration of NULGE Hotels and Suites, also called for the immediate implementation of the Orosanye Report to reduce the cost of governance, which, he lamented, was too high.
He said, “The government should review the Orosanye Report and restructure the MDAs so that at the end of the day, we cut down the cost of governance. Not only that, the retinue of aides should be cut down, and the salaries and wages of the political office-holders should be reviewed downward.
“We demand that the salary of workers be increased by 300 per cent to cushion the effect of the pain we are going through.
“That is the way to go. It is time to make available palliatives to cushion the effect of fuel subsidy removal.”
The labour leader said it was shocking that “after one month of subsidy removal, nothing has been done by the Federal Government.”
“We are confident that President Bola Tinubu knows what he is doing, but the delay can be dangerous. It is time for him to sit down and address that,” the NULGE leader said.
He also advocated the declaration of state of emergency on local government administration to stop the overbearing posture of state Governors, revive infrastructural decay and reduce poverty at the third tiers of government. OYO NEWS