- The Nigeria Labour Congress is set to disgrace the 10 governors for refusing to pay workers despite receiving Paris Club loan refund
- A report has exposed the states with some owing nearly two years in salary arrears
- Ayuba Wabba directed workers in all states owing more than three months to declare strike
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), one of the umbrella bodies for workers in the country, has threatened to disgrace 10 governors for allegedly refusing to pay salaries despite receiving the Paris Club refund from the federal government
The Punch reports that the threat came from the NLC president, Ayuba Wabba, at the national executive council meeting of the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) in Abuja.
This is as The Nation has listed 10 states that have received the funds, yet refused to pay salaries.
The states are:
1. Imo which reportedly pays workers in percentage while the government is yet to explain how it utilized the loan refund. The report adds that the state paid 40 percent pension to pensioners without their consent and further provided a form for them to sign under duress.
2. Bayelsa reportedly owes between five to 10 months arrears.
3. Ondo said to be owing workers between four and six months in salary arrears.
4. Ekiti, governed by Ayodele Fayose and owing workers between five and eight months
5. Benue is also said to owe workers between five to eight months
6. Kogi: In this state, 25 percent of the workers are reportedly owed between eight and 16 months, 40 percent are being paid up to date while the other 25 percent that has not been paid between eight and 21 months.
7 Osun state is reportedly paying workers in percentages but has been up-to-date with it
8. Ebonyi: Its government attempted to cut salaries by some percentage without consulting the unions in the state. It is also yet to explain how it spent the Paris Club refund.
9. Zamfara is reportedly the only state yet to implement the minimum wage. It is also yet to explain how it utilized the refund.
10. Abia state is said to be one the 10 still owing workers.
NAIJ.com learnt that Wabba, at the meeting, said: “As I speak to you, both Zamfara and Benue are on strike and I am aware that Kogi has issued a notice, which is in conformity with the decision we took at our last NEC meeting that any state with liability of more than three months should start an action and we will be there to support them.
“The congress has directed all states chapters whose members are owed more than three months’ salaries arrears to declare an industrial action and we have promised to name and shame them.
“The states include Imo that has been paying workers’ salaries in percentage and has not declared utilisation of the bailout fund and Paris club refund.
“They paid 40 percent pension to their pensioners without their consent and provided a form for them to sign under duress. That is not allowed in law.
“We have Bayelsa which has between five to 10 months’ arrears, Ondo is owing between four and six, Ekiti, (five to eight), Benue (five to eight) and Kogi which is the worst case scenario.
“We have three categories of workers in Kogi. We have 40 percent that are being paid up to date, we have 25 percent that had not been paid between eight and sixteen months.
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“We also have another 25 percent that have not been paid between eight and twenty-one months.
“In all the sectors, they have categorised the workers into three categories.”
NAIJ.com earlier reported how the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has reportedly applied for the forfeiture of over N1.823 billion by some consultants hired by the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF).
This is after the anti-graft agency reportedly discovered a fake $3 million contract from the Paris Club loan refund by the governors.
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