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LG Chairman treks as employees seize official car over unpaid salaries

Members of the Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) have attacked the chairman, Barrister Adegoke Ogunsola, of Irepodun Local Government Council Secretariat, Ilobu, in Kwara state.

The employees who were protesting their unpaid entitlements according to reports seized the official car of the secretary to the Council and drove the LG Chairman’s car into the secretariat forcing him (Barrister Adegoke Ogunsola) to trek.

Narrating what transpired, Ogunsola said; “When I was going to the Local Government yesterday, someone told that me there was going to be an issue, that I should not go but I insisted on going.

“On getting there, I met some persons who I later identified to be members of NULGE, struggling with the Council Secretary. They wanted to seize his car and the struggling was on.

“Immediately, I alighted from my car and told the Secretary to give them the car key. At that moment, I realized that I did not remove my car keys and someone had entered and drove it into the Local Government.

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“I trekked in and asked them what transpired but they said they had an issue with the Council Manager who had escaped.

“Their grievances bordered on their welfare and I said it will be resolved but they said they would not allow me, the Vice Chairman and the Secretary take our cars and I left it with them,” he disclosed.

The council boss while declaring that he was not aware of any unpaid allowances being owned the NULGE members, added that he was only aware of claims that have been approved but not paid.

“I have promised to pay them. But what triggered their action is that we recently paid severance of some past political office holders and they are not happy with that,” he hinted.

Meanwhile, there was no reaction from the Irepodun Local Government NULGE chairman, Jamiu Oyeleke, and the Secretary, Omidele Waheed, as of the time of filing this report.

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