Workers of defunct New Nigerian Newspapers appeal to Lalong to pay entitlements
Workers Of defunct New Nigerian Newspapers have cried out to Chairman, Northern Governors Forum, Simon Lalong, to pay staff of the company their accumulated salaries and other benefits.
A statement jointly signed by executive members of in-house unions of the company, Friday Idoko, Funmi Aderinto, Usman Nasidi and Emmanuel Bello, on behalf of hundreds of workers, decried the slow pace of a process, which, they said, was initiated in 2017 to sell assets of the company to pay off salary arrears and benefits of staff members, many of whom had died awaiting their unpaid wages of over 100 months.
The statement revealed that huge amount of money had been realised from sales of the company’s assets, urging the Plateau State Governor to promptly order disbursement of funds to settle salaries of the company’s workers to alleviate their hardship.
The statement commended efforts of the Northern governors for ensuring payment of the company’s pensioners, who had worked under the Federal Government.
The statement said: “The Joint Workers’ Union of New Nigerian Newspapers, in its congress held on October 25, 2022, is appealing to the Chairman of Northern State Governors Forum (NSGF), Simon Lalong, to expedite action on settlement of workers’ entitlements.
“The joint union comprising members of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) and National Union of Printing, Publishing and Paper Products Union Workers (NUPPPROW), New Nigerian Chapel, expressed worries over workers’ plights due to non-payment of salaries for many years, which has resulted to depression and deaths of over 103 staff members.
“We are appealing to Lalong to use his office to put smiles on our faces, as well as our families by ordering prompt payment of our entitlements from available resources realised from sales of company’s assets.
“We have been through a lot of hardship; many of our compatriots have been ejected by their landlords, many could no longer pay their children’s school fees, many have died due to one form of ailment or the other as a result of economic bottlenecks.”