- The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has raised its voice against state governors who are still owin pensioners their benefits
- The NLC's boss, Ayuba Wabba, urged pensioners to vote out such state governors in the coming elections
- Wabba said that with the federal government's release of the Paris Club fund, state governors have no justification to owe pensioners
Ahead of the coming rescheduled elections, the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has urged pensioners throughout the nation not to vote for their state governors who are yet to pay them their monthly benefits.
Ayuba Wabba, the NLC's national president, said that after receiving their own chunks of the Paris Club fund from the federal government, state governors have no excuse to own pensioners, Vanguard reports.
Wabba said: “Government workers in some states are owed arrears of salaries, pensions and gratuities despite the bailout, budget support and Paris Club Refund to states. Despite the money released by the Federal Government for states to offset salary liabilities, some states refused to clear their salary arrears.
“In the past four years, the NLC embarked on a number of industrial actions in states that are owing workers arrears of salaries. The NLC organized protest marches in Imo, Kogi, Nasarawa, Oyo, Osun, Ebonyi, Kaduna and Benue states to protest the poor working conditions of workers.
“We commend the Federal Government for releasing about N1.9 trillion to state governments through bailout, budget support and Paris club refund.
"The release of about N1.9 trillion in the form of bailout, budget support and Paris Club Refund assisted greatly in addressing the non-payment of salary, pensions and gratuity in many states especially worker-friendly State Governors. In some few instances, the funds were diverted and the situation has not been fully addressed.
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"A report from the EFCC and ICPC give credence to this position. We must not fail to commend states that applied the bailout funds for the purpose they were meant for. These states include Jigawa, Plateau, Kebbi, Katsina, Yobe, Delta, Enugu, Sokoto, Lagos, Rivers, Cross River, Bauchi, Akwa Ibom, Adamawa, Taraba among others. We shall continue to demand for accountability at all levels.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the NLC had said that it would hold a nationwide protest on Tuesday, January 8, to drive its demand for the upward review of the national minimum wage from N18,000 to N30,000.
The general secretary of the NLC, Dr Peter Ozo-Eson, said in a statement that there would be no strike for now, The Punch reports. Ozo-Eson, therefore, asked members of the public to disregard reports that the strike would begin on January 8.
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