It was jubilation galore among workers in the 18 local government councils of Edo State as workers heaved a sigh of relief after the state government under Governor Godwin Obaseki settled arrears of salaries owed them.
Investigations revealed that local government workers received alerts showing payment for six months out of 10 months in some cases while others got seven months pay depending on how far the Parish Club refund will go in the state.
It would be recalled that the backlog of salary arrears had brewed discordant tunes and feud between the aggrieved local government workers under the umbrella of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) and the Council Chairmen whose tenure ended in April last year and are now under the supervision of Head of Service (HOS) at that level of government.
The state government last week embarked on the payment of local government workers salary following the Federal Government’s directive to states.
This was also made possible by the application for the Paris Refund allocation accrued to the state in the first tranche.