Vehicular movement along Sapele Road in Benin City was temporarily disrupted today as some local government workers in Edo State staged a protest demanding for prompt release of one percent statutory allocation for training and re-training of staff.
Best Orator reports that activities were also disrupted at the state secretariat complex.
The protesting local government workers called on Edo State government to urgently address the issue of one percent statutory allocation to local government councils in the state.
Spokesperson for the protesters said the one percent allocation which amounts to eighteen million naira monthly has not been paid since January this even when the federal government has already released the money.
They pointed out that the purpose for which the money is allocated to the local government councils seems to have been defeated as the local government training school in Bekuma, Akoko-Edo Local Government Area has gone moribund while lecturers and workers are being owned salaries.
The Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Chief Lucky James who addressed the protesters said the one percent statutory allocation is not meant for the payment of workers’ salary.
He however, assured that the state government will look into the issue.
The Commissioner promised to visit the staff training school to ascertain the level of infrastructural decay.
The protesters were also at the Local Government Service Commission to register their grievances.