The Nigerian Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) has expressed concern over the deteriorating working conditions of workers, particularly due to the removal of fuel subsidies, and has called for immediate government intervention at all levels.
During the 2nd NULGE National Youth Conference, 2023, held in Benin City, Edo State, the National President of NULGE, Comrade Ambali Olatunji, emphasized the need for governments to prioritize workers’ well-being and refrain from political maneuvers that adversely affect their lives.
NULGE president calls for wage increase
He argued that the extensive federal-level bureaucracy is unnecessary, and the government should focus on improving workers’ wages, suggesting an increase of 30% to 35% to mitigate the impact of fuel subsidy removal.
Olatunji further stressed the importance of granting local governments financial autonomy to enable them to efficiently provide essential services to the people.
He proposed a shift from direct cash transfers to skills development and empowerment initiatives.
Olatunji also highlighted the infrastructural deficits in local governments, urging the government to provide equipment such as tractors and graders to facilitate rural road construction and promote agriculture.
Regarding the removal of fuel subsidies, Olatunji recommended that the government encourage vehicle owners to transition from petrol (PMS) to Condensed Natural Gas (CNG) at subsidized rates.