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Umar Carpets El-Rufai For Non-payment Of Workers’ Salaries

Posted: Nov 18, 2015 at 12:35 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Juliet Oyoyo,


Kaduna State Governor Nasiru el-Rufai’s inability to pay workers’ salaries and pension has been condemned a social critic, Major Abubakar Umar (rtd).

Lamenting the plight of workers in the state, Umar said that was not what All Progressives Congress (APC) government promised them during the election campaign.

In an letter to the governor made available to the press,

Umar stated that the workers were suffering due to the “inhuman verification exercises compelled on them by the government.”

He drew the attention of the governor to the loss of lives during the last verification exercise which was conducted in Zaria, disclosing that their families were yet to receive any compensation for the loss of their bread winners.

Umar accused the government of misleading the people during the election campaign through their promises.

His words: “During the electioneering, you promised to allay the hardships of the citizens of the state.

“People trooped out in numbers from 4am-11pm just to ensure that a change of government is realised in the state with the hope that life will be better for the citizens, their rights will be protected and not trampled upon.”

He advised the government to always pay workers promptly as the consequent of not paying civil servants/pensioners as at when due will certainly lead to corruption in the system where hungry/angry civil servants will resort to all sorts of crimes to make ends meet.

“We should not quickly forget that lack of concern for the welfare of the citizens led to the evolution of Boko Haram,” he said.

The retired major pointed out that the leadership that is wise, bold and imaginative was what the citizens saw in the governor when they elected him into office.

“Past leaders of this state deceived the citizens and ran out of promises. But the pervasive economic realities have made it too difficult for the people to be deceived all the time,” he said.

Umar called on El-Rufai to listen to the cry of the people, saying,

“There is a general outcry against some of your policies, most especially not paying workers and pensioners their salaries and the verification exercise which has become so inhuman, that they negate the very ideals which the All Progressive Congress(APC) purport to operate.

“I call on His Excellency to do all within his powers to alleviate the suffering of the people who trooped out under harsh conditions to vote you into power.

“Poverty level among Nigerians is high. Please, don’t increase it. Pay worker their wages”.