By Salawudeen Olawale
The National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Plateau chapter, has appealed to the state government to pay outstanding salaries owed workers in the state.
Mr Samson Mafuyai, Chairman of NULGE in Plateau, made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jos on Tuesday.
NAN reports that workers in state-owned tertiary institutions and local government councils were still being owed five and four month salary arrears respectively.
Mafuyai appealed to the government to use part of the second tranche of the Paris Club refund soon to be released by the Federal Government to settle the outstanding salaries.
The union leader acknowledged that the present government inherited the problem when it assumed duty in 2015
According to him, striking workers in the state in 2015 suspended their industrial action over unpaid salaries when the present government made entreaties when it assumed office.
“’We know that this problem was not created by this regime, but this government’s entreaties made us to soft peddle.
”Seriously, we have exercised much patience because this issue has been hanging since 2015.
”So, we are pleading with the government to use part of the second tranche of the Paris Club refund that will soon come to the state to settle the outstanding salaries,” he pleaded.
The chairman, however, commended the government for prompt payment of salaries and pension arrears and urged it to maintain the status quo.