- The NLC has said that President Muhammadu Buhari has always stood in favour of Nigerian workers
- The NLC boss, Ayuba Wabba, said that the president made a lot of positive efforts to clear pension, salaries and gratuity arrears in 2015
- Wabba said that chief among the moves Buhari made to help workers was the signing of the new minimum wage bill
The president of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba, has said that civil servants in the country have a lot to be grateful to President Muhammadu Buhari for.
Wabba said that Nigerian workers are proud of President Buhari for working very hard in their favour, The News reports.
He said: “Nigerian workers are pleased that President Muhammadu Buhari has particularly and exceptionally worked very hard in defence of the rights and welfare of Nigerian workers."
The NLC boss said that in his fatherly love and care, the president responded positively to the agitations arising from salary, pension and gratuity liabilities that were piled up even before he took over the office in 2015.
Wabba added: "He swung into action and made arrangement for budget support funds to enable state governors clear the humungous arrears of unpaid salaries.
“President Muhammadu Buhari’s human development appeal has also touched many Nigerian retirees and pensioners."
Even more, he said that apart from releasing N40 billion to pay gratuity arrears of former staff of the then Nigerian Airways, the president also established the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) to attend to the predicaments of policemen whose pension were left unpaid since after the Nigerian-Biafra civil war.
Wabba went ahead to say that with Buhari's administration, the pensions of former military officers were also paid in full.
He said that to crown it all, the president signed the new minimum wage bill into law in 2019 and ordered that it should be implemented latest by end of December.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that following an emergency meeting on Tuesday, December 17, the NLC and Trade Union Congress (TUC) in Kwara said that workers in the state will embark on strike as the government has refused to pay the new minimum wage.
The unions said that Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed has failed to comply with the federal government's directive on the new payment structure for civil servants.
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