By Dreadlocks Rasta/Francis Dufugha
The recent release of the N10 billion from the Paris/London club refund and the Bayelsa state Governor 6-week vacation announcement is generating outrage among the citizens.
Some of the people of the state who spoke to our correspondent expressed misgivings over the governor’s inability to pay the over 14-month salary and pension arrears before proceeding on six- week vacation.
The National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) and The Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN) have called its member to embark on an indefinite strike action over the inability of the government to accede to their demands.
Okorowanta Diseye said “it is very insensitive of the governor to proceed on 6-week vacation when he has not fulfilled the obligation of paying workers and pensions arrears”.
The governor is not available for comments, as his media aides continue to evade inquires of our correspondent.
Pundits believed that the local government system has been crippled because of the inability of the government to defray the bills owed the workers wanted an overhaul of the system.
Before the leadership called out workers for the strike action, it has given several ultimatums without proper response from the government.
The leaderships of the unions noted with dismay of the government to accede to the demand and accused the Ministry of Local Government Administration of not disclosing the total wage bills of the local government councils.
Efforts to speak to the commissioner of Local Government Administration, Pastor Agatha Goma proved abortive as at the time going to the press.