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Plateau NULGE commences strike as government, Police flex muzzle

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By Raymond Gukas, Jos

Local government workers in Plateau State have begun an indefinite strick action over security concerns as the government and police are locked in a battle of supremacy.

While the state government on resumption; suspends the operations of elected local government chairmen and councillors over alleged corrupt tendencies and appointed in their place; caretaker committees, the suspended chairmen insist their tenure was still running.

It was recalled the police high command directed that the 17 Council areas be shut down to avert the breakdown of law and order.

However, this led to series of court cases to determine which of the two parties should occupy the secrateriats with the government approaching a Bukuru Area Court, Jos south LGA to open the seventeen local Government Secretariat which was granted.

The court ruling was for the benefit of staff to resume work, while the contentious issue between the elected chairmen and councilors and the caretaker committee be ironed out so as to determine who should be in charge.

While the idle workers were jubilant to resume work as directed, the police came up with another statement; unsealing in totality, the secretariats and this time, for the suspended chiarmen and Councilors to resume as administrators.

Sensing dangers, the union of the local government workers, NULGE, then ordered its members to stay away from work because the issue has not been resolved between the PDP administration and the APC chairmen and councillors.

Addresing a press conference in Jos, the state capital, Comrade Yohanna Arandong, President of NULGE said the union was not Concerned with the ongoing political tussle over the matter, but “our concern is for the safety of our members (workers) whose safety and Welfare is uncertain as the situation is unpredictable”.

The State Government on its part, called on the Police to be cautious in handling the Local Government issue in the State in order to avoid any breakdown of law and order.

The State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice Mr Philemon Dafi stated this after an emergency Security Council meeting, chaired by the Deputy Governor, Josephine Piyo.

In the meeting, which had in attendance, the Heads of Security Agencies as well as the state chairman of the traditional council, the Gbong Gwom Jos, Da Jacob Gyang Buba, he said government suspended the elected structures based on the advise of the state Assembly.

Mr Dafi was of the opinion proper that the transition committee should, instead be allowed to continue in office.

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