NULGE ex­presses hope on im­proved wel­fare for LGA work­ers

Daily Trust - - LABOUR - By Fran­cis Okeke

The Nigeria Union of Lo­cal Govern­ment Em­ploy­ees (NULGE) says it is hope­ful that the wel­fare of lo­cal govern­ment work­ers in the coun­try will soon re­ceive a boost.

NULGE Pres­i­dent Ibrahim Khaleel, who spoke weekend in Abuja dur­ing in­au­gu­ra­tion of a nine-man com­mit­tee to re­view the ser­vice scheme for lo­cal govern­ment work­ers, while ex­press­ing op­ti­mism on im­proved ser­vice wel­fare, said the cur­rent ser­vice scheme is out­dated as it was last re­viewed eight years ago as against the con­sti­tu­tion­ally rec­om­mended two years.

“This re­view is long over­due. Last re­view was done in 2006 and this is 2014. It is sup­posed to be re­viewed af­ter ev­ery two years but that has not hap­pened. So we com­mend Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan for bring­ing up the idea for the re­view. We be­lieve this will strengthen lo­cal govern­ment ad­min­is­tra­tion in Nigeria be­cause we have been can­vass­ing that the civil ser­vice of lo­cal govern­ment be strength­ened,” Khaleel said.

He main­tained that for de­vel­op­ment to reach the grass­roots, the lo­cal govern­ment must be at­trac­tive enough to en­sure that good hands and brains are will­ing to of­fer their ser­vices, just as he charged the com­mit­tee to work hard to en­sure that the as­pi­ra­tion of lo­cal govern­ment work­ers are met in the new ser­vice scheme.

“We be­lieve that with the re­view, the Na­tional Con­fer­ence and the con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment, in the very near fu­ture the lo­cal govern­ment will be more in­de­pen­dent, stronger and more par­tic­i­pa­tory,” he en­thused. The com­mit­tee is ex­pected to sub­mit its re­port in seven days.

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