By Chinedu Adonu
ENUGU—IN a deliberate attempt to check truancy in the local government system, newly appointed local government caretaker committee chairmen in Enugu State have adopted the policy of ‘no work, no pay’ for local government workers across the state.
In a town hall meeting with his workers at Agbani, the caretaker committee chairman for Nkanu West, Mr. Chika Igwesi, warned workers that their pay package at the end of the month would depend on their attendance to work for that month.
He noted that since his appointment, he has been inundated with complaints from the workers, traders, keke riders, National Union of Road Transport Workers, prompting him to summon the town hall meeting.
“To NULGE, it is a ‘ no work, no pay policy.’ You should work hard to make the local government move forward. And on our own part, we will do everything possible to make sure that the work environment is conducive for them and their salaries paid promptly.
“For the traders, you must understand that there is no reason to be in disharmony. We are people of peace and we are here to make peace in the market and the other associations attached to the market.
“The same for the keke and road transport workers, we want to harmonize everything to follow a dimension whereby at the end of my stay in the council, they will be yearning for someone like me to return.”
Earlier, chairman, Natiomal Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE, Nkanu West chapter, Comrade Nnaji George highlighted some of the problems of the workers to include victimization of workers, whereby about 20 per cent of worker’s salaries are not signed by the chairman.”
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