Hundreds of Staff of Uyo Local Government Council, under the aegis of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Uyo branch, marched within the council Secretariat on Friday, 27th August, 2021, in protest against what it described as “poor handling of staff matters and welfare” by the Uwemedimo Udo led administration.
The council workers, led by the Uyo branch NULGE Chairman, Comrade Mfon Usoro, held a procession around the council premises, lamenting that, issues concerning staff welfare and general wellbeing, have not been given proper attention by the management.
Chanting solidarity songs, the workers blocked the entrance of the Executive building, which houses the offices of the Executive Chairman of Uyo Local Government Council, his Vice Chairman and that of the Secretary, to demand for improved welfare.
Registering his resentment over poor handling of staff welfare by the management, the NULGE Chairman, Comrade Usoro said he decided to lead the protest due to recent refusal by the council to release funds meant for the trip to the burial of the late father of one of the staff.
“While staff came out enmass to be conveyed to Comrade Mary Obop father’s burial in Ibiaku Ntok Okpo, Ikono LGA, there was no funds released and made available by the Council to the Union for that purpose.
I have applied for the release of funds for this event since first week of August, 2021, but the Executive Chairman of Uyo Local Government Area, Dr. Uwemedimo Udo, decided to KIV the letter”, he said.
The Uyo NULGE boss observed that despite the improved Federal allocation to Local Government Councils in the state, Management have unrepentantly refused to pay NULGE Subvention and imprest to Staff of the council.
He further lamented that financial assistance like bereavement is not paid to family of death staff.
Addressing protesting staff of the council, the Council’s Secretary, Mr Ubong Udofia, while thanking staff for the peaceful disposition exibited to drum their demands, appealed for calm and assured that funds would be made available to the Union as soon as possible to enable them convey Staff to the event.
The Council Scribe who was sympathetic with the protesting staff of the council, however promised to relay their demands to the Executive Chairman who was away for official engagements.
In a related development, the Head of Local Government Service, Uyo Local Government Council, Elder Godwin Afia, who arrived the Council premises shortly after the protests, instructed the cashier to release with immediate effect, funds to the Union for that purpose.