From Babatunde Rahman,Lokoja
The Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) has praised practicing journalists in Kogi state over their sustained positive reportage on issues affecting workers in the state.
The Union particularly gave kudos to journalists in the State for staying solidly behind the workers and pensioners over the non-payment of their salaries and allowances as well as percentage payment being experienced by local government staff and primary school teachers in the 21 Council areas.
State chairman of NULGE, Comrade Tade Adeyemi made this known when the Union hosted journalists to a parley at the Union’s secretariat in Lokoja recently.
He said the workers indeed have realized that the media is the last hope of not only the common man but also the oppressed.
While narrating the ordeals of the local government workers some of whom he said were being owed up to 30–40 months salaries, he said some of their children had to drop out of school due to nonpayment of salaries while some have to contend with health challenges without hope from anywhere.
Adeyemi said “what baffled us is that the working journalists in the state were solidly behind us, reporting our plights to the outer world and pleading with government to pay our salaries and entitlements without seeking for any gratification.
“In fact, we are short of words to thank you people with because without you nobody would have fought our cause or even drawn the attention of the authorities to our plights”
The NULGE president however, commended the state government for offsetting part of the salaries and urged it to put an end to percentage payment and redeem its promises to pay other outstanding salaries.
Comrade Tade Adeyemi, therefore on behalf of the union donated the sum of N100,000 to the state council of NUJ as its contributions towards the ongoing renovation of the NUJ Secretariat.
Responding, the NUJ chairman, Comrade Adeiza Momoh- Jimoh, thanked NULGE and said the union’s reception and donation to NUJ was the first of its kind in the state.
He said it was the social responsibility of journalists to fight for the oppressed in the society and reiterates members’ willingness to continue to support NULGE in all its activities.