Governors Who Can’t Pay Workers Should Resign – TUC
The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, on Saturday, advised state governors who could not address workers’ problems, to resign.
The TUC President, Mr. Bobboi Kaigama, said in Lagos that workers could no longer vouch for state governments giving excuses that lack of funds was the cause of their inability to pay salaries.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the labour leader alleged that the non-payment of salaries by governors was caused by corruption.
Kaigama made the TUC’s views known while addressing journalists after the union’s National Executive Council meeting.
He said only the Lagos State Government paid workers’ salaries and allowances on regular basis.
“Other states have one issue or the other in terms of paying the salaries of their workers. Some even owed 13 months’ arrears of gratuities and pensions.
“In some cases, it is either the contributory pension deductions that have not been remitted or promotions arrears and death benefits that have not been paid,” he said.
He advocated a return to regional government, saying state governments were failing in their responsibilities.
“The trust we have in state governments has been eroded. Governors, who can no longer pay salaries, should resign. We are even better off with regional government,’’ Kaigama said.
The union leader noted that workers were suffering despite the fact that President Muhammadu Buhari had approved bailouts to enable states to settle salaries.
Kaigama also said accountability in Nigeria was weak, calling for the strengthening of anti-graft agencies.
On the national minimum wage, Kaigama said state governments should be determined to pay the wage when approved.
Meanwhile, the Senior Staff Association of Government Owned Companies, an affiliate of the Trade Union Congress, has urged the Federal Government to expedite action on the issue of minimum wage.
The group said its timely implementation would go a long way to ameliorate the sufferings of Nigerian workers.
The group stated this in a 13-point communique signed by its President, Muhammad Yunusa, and the Secretary, Mr. Ago Olorunfemi.
The SSASCGOC, which held its National Executive Council meeting in Kaduna, lamented the poor state of the nation’s economy and noted that the situation was taking its toll on Nigerians.
It also urged the Federal Government to take a concrete step to reposition the economy in order to reduce the hardship in the country.
The senior workers appealed to the Federal Government to re-invest the recovered looted funds in the infrastructural development of the country.
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