The workers of Egor local government council, Edo State basked in the ambiance of elation on Monday after the state government paid the salary arrears of seven months of the 17 months it owed them.
The civil servants also lauded the members of the State House of Assembly for the approval and timely release of funds for the payment of their salary arrears.
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Speaking on behalf of the workers, the President of Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Edo State chapter, Comrade Young Ilenikhena, expressed the workers’ appreciation and called on the state government to ensure it pays the remaining arrears in due course.
Also confirming the development, at a plenary session, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Justin Okonoboh, said the payment of the seven months salaries was as a result of a recent resolution of the House which mandated the State Government to source the sum of N366,467,000 from the Central Bank of Nigeria to pay the workers.
Okonoboh assured that all categories of workers being owed in the State would be paid, just as he sued for patience on the part of affected workers as they go about their normal duties.
“With this gesture, the council workers have been paid seven months out of the 17 months salary arrears owed workers by the council,” he stated.