Ambali Olatunji, the National President of Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees, on Monday, demanded a review of workers’ salaries by 300 percent to ease the effects of fuel subsidy removal.
He also urged the government to allow each institution to fix the salaries of workers and those of political officeholders to ensure parity since everybody patronizes the same market in the country.
Olatunji made the statement during the inauguration of NULGE Hotels and Suites and also called for the immediate implementation of the Orosanye Report to reduce the cost of governance, which, he lamented, was too high.
He said, “The government should review the Orosanye Report and restructure the MDAs so that at the end of the day, we cut down the cost of governance. Not only that, the retinue of aides should be cut down, and the salaries and wages of the political office-holders should be reviewed downward.
“We demand that the salary of workers be increased by 300 percent to cushion the effect of the pain we are going through.
“That is the way to go. It is time to make available palliatives to cushion the effect of fuel subsidy removal.”
He, however, expressed his shock that “after one month of subsidy removal, nothing has been done by the Federal Government.”
“We are confident that President Bola Tinubu knows what he is doing, but the delay can be dangerous. It is time for him to sit down and address that,” the NULGE leader said.