NULGE, MHWUN, Gives Bayelsa Govt 3-Day Ultimatum To Reverse Planned Sack Of Workers

NULGE, MHWUN, Gives Bayelsa Govt 3-Day Ultimatum  To Reverse  Planned Sack Of Workers
Yenagoa
The Bayelsa State chapters of the National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) and the Medical and Health Workers of NIGERIA (MHWUM) yesterday issued a three-day ultimatum to the  state government to reverse its plan to sack thousands of their workers.
According to workers’ unions, the ultimatum begins on Monday (today) and ends on Wednesday.
The NULGE and MHWUN, in a communique issued at the end of their crucial joint state executive meeting at the weekend in Yenagoa, said workers would resume a full strike if the government failed to heed their warning after the ultimatum.
In a communique signed by State President, NULGE, Akpos Ekiegha; State Chairman, MHWUN, James Adama; State Secretary, NULGE, Peace Chukwu; and State Secretary, MHWUN, Letam Nwibani, directed all their branch executives in the eight LGAs to fully shut down all health facilities, markets and secretariats of the councils beginning from November 9.
The unions called on workers in the eight councils and 32 Rural Development Authorities numbering over 14,000 to come to Yenagoa on Tuesday, November 14, at a venue that would disclosed, for a mass protest against Chief of Staff Government House, Talford Ongolo, on the streets of Yenagoa and the East West Road.
The unions’ grouse was the purported report of a staff verification by Ongolo,  handed over to the council chairmen through the Ministry of Local Government Administration directing them to stop salaries of  thousands of workers and consequently sack them.
They said the directive was wicked, unthinkable, ill-informed and coming at a time workers were not paid for a minimum of eight months and a maximum of 18 months.
They resolved that only the Local Government Service Commission could hire and fire and consequently rejected Ongolo’s ‘fake’ staff verification report.
The joint councils, therefore, called on the chairmen of the councils and Commissioner for Local Government Administration to immediately stop the implementation of the report to avoid possible serious crisis.
They, therefore, called on Governor Seriake Dickson to sack Ongolo, whom they alleged had abandoned his duties at Government House and had shown desperation to hijack the LGAs and the functions of LGSC.
They also claimed that the Chief of Staff was bent on creating confusion, particularly at a time Dickson had always expressed confidence in the activities of the LGSC that were yielding results.
They said, ” The state government is hereby given three-day ultimatum from Monday, November 6 to Wednesday, November 8, 2017 within which to reverse the directive.
”All LGA workers should resume a full strike after government’s failure to reverse the directive within the three days since the last strike was only suspended.
”Accordingly, all branch executives of NULGE and MHWUN in the eight LGAd and 32 Rural Development Authoritiess are directed to fully shut down all health facilities, markets and secretariats of the councils beginning from November 9.
”NULGE and MHWUN will no longer allow any external and fake report to infringe on the autonomy of the councils as a third tier of government in the country.
”We demand that the over N326m councils’ money used by Ongolo as the then Chairman of LGSC for the ”fruitless biometric and clock-in-and-clock-out programme under the guise of buying automated attendance machines must be paid back to the councils because the machines were not bought neither was any kobo saved for the councils.”