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Bailout: Govs, Banks Plot To Owe Salaries, NLC Alleges

Posted: Aug 6, 2015 at 8:13 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Innocent Oweh, Abuja

 

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has alleged that some state governors are still defaulting on staff salaries, despite the bailout funds recently provided by the Federal Government.

NLC president, Ayuba Wabba, raised these allegations on Thursday, August 6, 2015, in Abuja at the National Executive Council meeting of the union.

Wabba said, “We are worried by the failure of some states to pay their workers despite the bailout by the Federal Government. NEC will not fold its arms to watch workers’ salaries not being paid. It is an issue that we will follow up to its logical conclusion with specific actions and processes that will lead to tangible results.

“We take exception of states where the excuse is that the stimulus is not only for payment of salaries. The decision of the Council of State is very explicit and workers’ salary is not only the area where stimulus have been extended to, it has been extended to the banks where they had challenges, the power sector companies and other sectors, so, therefore, it is what we can term very legitimate for an intervention to be made because of the difficulties.

“But we want Federal Government to follow it up to look at how those resources have been used to attend to those challenges; labour will look at the issues at this level of NEC and identify states that have been cunning and will offer leadership to be there personally and physically and lead workers to demand that these salaries be paid.”

Wabba also alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari was mulling the merger of government agencies to lay workers off, rather than exploiting means of creating more jobs.

He said, “One very important issue is the issue of merger of ministries parastatals and agency; certainly is a process that we think should not end up in making workers to lose their jobs, if it is to transform the system, certainly, we will try to partner and be part of the process; we will be on our guard to make sure the obvious doesn’t happen.”