Labour urges government to pay salaries with money recovered, Senate berate governors
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) have called on the Federal Government to use the money recovered so far in its anti-corruption raids for the payment of workers’ salary.
The Chairman of the two labour centres’ joint May Day, Peters Adeyemi, in Abuja yesterday , said now is the time for government to prioritize payment of workers’ salaries to stimulate economic growth.
Adeyemi also accused government of insincerity on the N500 billion that was said to have been set-aside in May 2016 when the price of petrol was increased from N87 to N145 per litre.
“With the palliative committee rounding off its work, there is no sign of the N500 billion that the Federal Government gloated about last year that it will use the money to provide palliative measures. As at today, government has not come forward with the N500 billion palliative funds. This amounts to insincerity on the part of government. This is also the first time that a set of palliative measures are not provided for the people when the price of petrol is increased”, he said.
Adeyemi, who flayed government over the non-composition of the minimum wage negotiation tripartite committee, insisted that the clamour for the review of minimum wage would go on despite the non-composition.
Meanwhile, ahead of this year’s workers’ day, the Senate yesterday blamed state governors for the non-utilisation of bailout funds for the payment of workers’ salary.
In a motion sponsored by Senator Suleiman Nazif (APC, Bauchi), he said workers’ welfare are the rewards that organisations offer as incentives to enhance the satisfaction of workers.