The Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) has significantly demanded a 300% increase in the minimum wage for workers across all sectors in response to the inflationary effects of removing petrol subsidies. NULGE’s national president, Ambali Olatunji, emphasized the urgent need to address the financial challenges local government staff, public servants, and private sector workers face.
Additionally, NULGE called for a state of emergency in local government administration, considering the overbearing stance of governors and the prevailing insecurity affecting food production. The union also suggested specific measures to assist farmers and protect their interests.
During its regular National Executive Council (NEC) meeting in Abuja, NULGE, represented by its national president Ambali Olatunji and general secretary Isah Gambo, issued a communique calling for a substantial 300% increment in the minimum wage across all sectors.
This demand is driven by the inflationary impact of removing petrol subsidies on local government staff, public servants, and private sector employees.
Furthermore, the NULGE president highlighted the critical state of local government administration, exacerbated by governors’ overwhelming influence, which has left the system paralyzed in the country. To address this issue, NULGE urged the declaration of a state of emergency in local government administration to bring about necessary reforms and improvements.
In light of the ongoing insecurity that has negatively affected food production in the country, NULGE suggested establishing special vigilante groups to safeguard farmers’ interests. This measure aims to ensure food security and protect farmers’ livelihoods.
While acknowledging the efforts of federal and state governments’ efforts to mitigate economic policies’ impact on citizens, Mr. Olatunji called for the effective utilization of the $800 million from the World Bank. The funds should be allocated towards providing mass transit and other interventions, particularly in the automobile spare parts industry, to cater to the transportation needs of the masses.
Moreover, NULGE raised concerns about the closure of 17 local government secretariats in Plateau State and called for their immediate reopening. Additionally, the union advocated for establishing local government police (community police) to address the worsening insecurity situation in the country.
To discourage rural-urban migration and promote equitable compensation, NULGE proposed the implementation of special rural allowances for local government staff.