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Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Benue State LG Workers Protest 85% Deduction of Their Salaries

Benue State Governor
Staff of Ukum Local Government Area of Benue State yesterday protested what they described as 85 per cent deduction of their May, 2014 salaries by the council chairman,Teryima Nguher.

The protesting workers said they were shocked to discover that such a “huge deduction was made from their salaries”.

However, the council chairman, Nguher, said the deduction affected only staff who have been absent from work without cogent reason.

He said the council took the decision to commence deduction of salaries of offenders to serve as a deterrent to those who stay away from work, adding, “The cut in salary of some staff is to curtail absenteeism in the local government. Some staff have not been to work for more than six months; so, we introduced a time book and after the screening, it was discovered that many workers don’t come to work.”

Meanwhile, the protesting workers have urged the state government to intervene in the matter.

The questions begging for answers are; 
 How does the Chairman plan to utilize the deducted funds? 
Does the Chairman has the powers to single-handily take the decision of deducting workers salary? What happens to the Local government Service Commission? 
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