By Victor Ahiuma-Younger
NIGERIA Labour Con-gress, NLC, has referred to as on pensioners throughout the nation to vote towards any state governor nonetheless owing backlog of unpaid pension within the forthcoming basic elections.
President of NLC, Ayuba Wabba, who spoke whereas addressing delegates and different company on the 12th Quadrennial Nationwide Delegates Convention of NLC in Abuja, insisted that state governors had no justification to nonetheless owe pensioners after receiving bailouts and Paris Membership refunds from the Federal authorities.
In response to him “Authorities employees in some states are owed arrears of salaries, pensions and gratuities regardless of the bailout, price range assist and Paris Membership Refund to states. Regardless of the cash launched by the Federal Authorities for states to offset wage liabilities, some states refused to clear their wage arrears.
“Prior to now 4 years, the NLC launched into a variety of industrial actions in states which can be owing employees arrears of salaries. The NLC organized protest marches in Imo, Kogi, Nasarawa, Oyo, Osun, Ebonyi, Kaduna and Benue states to protest the poor working situations of employees.
“We commend the Federal Authorities for releasing about N1.9 trillion to state governments by bailout, price range assist and Paris membership refund. The discharge of about N1.9 trillion within the type of bailout, price range assist and Paris Membership Refund assisted tremendously in addressing the non-payment of wage, pensions and gratuity in lots of states particularly worker-friendly State Governors. In some few situations, the funds had been diverted and the state of affairs has not been absolutely addressed. A report from the EFCC and ICPC give credence to this place.
“We should not fail to commend states that utilized the bailout funds for the aim they had been meant for. These states embrace Jigawa, Plateau, Kebbi, Katsina, Yobe, Delta, Enugu, Sokoto, Lagos, Rivers, Cross River, Bauchi, Akwa Ibom, Adamawa, Taraba amongst others. We will proceed to demand for accountability in any respect ranges.”