The President, Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees, Niger State Chapter, Alhaji Saidu Kala, has urged the state government to pay local government workers their outstanding salaries.
The Ministry of Local Government in the state had embarked on the screening of personnel to identify the genuine workers and make out the ghost workers.
Kala made the call for the payment of the workers in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Minna.
He said the screening committee had done 80 per cent of the screening, with workers of a few local government councils yet to be screened.
Kala said: “I advice the ministry not to tarry in releasing the salary of those that have been screened.
“We have the belief that the funds are available and our agreement is that nobody should be delayed from getting salary as long as such persons have been screened and cleared.”
Kala said that the exercise was for October, November and December and that the motive of the verification exercise is “no screening no salary”.
The chairman explained that some have been screened but because of one or two issues they have, they might not be paid until they were cleared.
He said: “The committee is enjoying so much cooperation from the workers because they know it involves a lot of bureaucracy to carry out the verification.
“They know that a lot of atrocities have been committed in the past and that such atrocities need to be rectified.”
NAN reports that the screening was embarked upon by a 20-man committee in October as directed by Governor Abubakar Bello.