At least, 22 Nigerian governors are yet to pay salaries of civil servants in their respective states.
This disclosure was made by Secretary General of the National Union of Textile Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria (NUTGTWN), Comrade Issa Aremu.
Speaking with newsmen in Kaduna yesterday at the NUTGTWN meeting, Aremu described the development as a wage theft, wage robbery and economic crime.
Aremu, also a Vice President of the Nigeria Labour Congress ( NLC) said it is three months now since 22 state governors are delaying or refusing to pay salaries despite spending money on delegates and other activities during the just-concluded party primary elections across Nigeria.
His words: “We see that delay in payment of salaries as wage theft, wage robbery. It is actually an economic crime because Nigeria labour law says thou shall pay the worker as at when due. In fact by 22nd of every month you must have pay the workers fully.
“We never heard of any delegate being owed a single penny during the primary elections, but they cannot get money to pay the workers. In fact, some of the delegates even bought new cars and properties after the primaries because they money they got in just few days is much more than what workers earn in many months. The governors should go to the place they got they money to pay delegates and settle the workers’ salaries.”
The labour leader disclosed that his union, NUTGTWN, has succeeded in negotiating a 15% increase in wages for its members, making it 35% increase in the last four years.
“This shows that the process of collecting bargaining is working in the private sector and we will like to recommend this process for the public sector because most of their crisis is on the increase of wages and salaries which has been causing endless strikes and unfavourable industrial actions,” Aremu said.
Source: Complex NG
Delta State Deputy Governor, Prof. Amos Utuama experienced the shocker of his life on Wednesday as some hefty Niger Delta Militants showed him what made them feared in Nigeria.
According to our sources who monitored the event, the dreaded militants stormed the Delta Government House Annex located in Warri and barricaded the convoy of Utuama who was on his way out. They threatened hell and brimstones if the Deputy Governor does not intervene and ensure that they were paid their December allowances as well as their November own which has been held.
They dared the Deputy Governor to leave the Annex if he will not regret his life. According to our source, they demanded for N1 million per vehicle before they will be allowed to pass. We counted the vehicles in his entourage to be sixteen.
Utuama who was visibly frightened began to make calls, which yielded efforts as members of the Joint Task Force (JTF) stormed the area to disperse the boys. But sourcves in the know confided in Secrets Reporters that Utuama parted with millions of Naira before the JTF could even be allowed to send them away
South East All Progressives Congress (APC) salutes Ndigbo for topping the list of donors to the Buhari Support Organization Campaign Fund; a peoples’ contribution to General Muhammadu Buhari (GMB) quest to salvage the country from dangerous slide into a failed state.
We are happy to announce that when the managers of the First Bank of Nigeria warehoused fund unveiled N54 million so far realized, Ndigbo topped the list of the highest donors; a unique account that has GMB as the only signatory.
By topping the donor list, Ndigbo has graciously demonstrated that the celestial bond between GMB and the Nigerian Masses and the Middle Class is Pan-Nigeria and not sectional as insinuated.
The Buhari Campaign Support Fund has GMB as the sole signatory for transparency purposes and meant to assist GMB who refused to enrich himself while in office to prosecute his presidential campaign.
The South East APC salutes our people who embrace the Buhari-Bandwagon-Vehicle for Salvation ; for it is our candid opinion that it is less than wise for the hard working and enterprising Ndigbo to election after election put all our eggs in one basket.
Mr Osita Okechukwu
Spokesman South East APC