NLC plans protests in National Assembly, Kogi State over unpaid salaries, pensions
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) yesterday hinted that it would protest the continued non-payment of workers’ salaries and pensions arrears in Kogi State.
The massive protest, it said, would take place in Lokoja, the National Assembly and Aso Rock Villa, Abuja.
NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, who stated this in Abuja while receiving the report of its committee on restructuring, appealed to Nigerians to donate relief materials to Kogi workers, saying most of them that are not yet dead, are dying in installments.
His words: “The very unfortunate situation has continued in Kogi State and NLC can no longer fold its arms and watch helplessly.
“If a director could die by hanging because he could not meet his immediate needs, one can only imagine what the lower level workers are passing through. Governor Yahaya Bello should be ready to receive Nigerian workers in no distant time.
“We will also protest to the National Assembly and Aso Rock Villa. The governor has been very irresponsible even in his approach. Workers have died through the state government’s irresponsibility and negligence. In spite of the resources that accrue to the state, Bello has refused to pay workers’ salaries.”
Wabba stressed that Kogi workers have now been turned into Internally Displaced Workers’ (IDWs) in dire need of assistance, adding, “Clearly, the workers are already internally displaced. We call on Nigerians from across all divides to send relief materials to these workers who are dying aimlessly.”
He also flayed Bello for justifying his failure to pay salaries, even as none of his political appointees is being owed.
He urged the governor to guard his utterances and conduct saying, “Bello has been making uncomplimentary statements not expected of a leader of his status. To say that the strike in Kogi State was political is to show crass ignorance and irresponsiveness to the welfare of the Kogi people.”
Wabba observed that a meeting to discuss a possible truce initiated by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, was not only ignored by the governor but he also failed to send any of his aides to attend the parley.
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