Union Pushes For Mass Resignation Of Governors
One of the reasons people work is to offer service and then get wages at the end, but in Nigeria that process is becoming different.
Some workers offer service and at the end of the month, they are made to begin a prayer marathon for God's intervention over their salary.
The consistent failure of some State governors to pay salaries is a thing of concern for a pressure group in Nigeria.
Some State Governor owe over 10 months Salary and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) is not happy.
It is pushing for governors mass resignation.
On Saturday the union advised state governors who could not address workers’ problems to resign.
The TUC President, Bobboi Kaigama, said in Lagos that workers could no longer vouch for state governments that non-payment of salaries is as a result of lack of funds.
He believes that the situation has moved away from lack of funds to corruption.
Kaigama made the TUC’s views known while addressing reporters after the union’s National Executive Council (NEC) meeting.
He said that it is only the Lagos State Government that had been regularly paying workers’ salaries and allowances.
“All the other states have one issue or the other in terms of salaries or benefits of their workers.
“You will discover that it is 13 months’ salary arrears, gratuities or pensions that have not been paid.
“In some cases, it is the contributory pension deductions that have not been remitted or promotions arrears and death benefits not been paid,” he said.
He advocated a return to regional government, saying that state governments were failing in their responsibilities.
“The trust we have in state government has eroded.
“If it is for the purposes of payment of salaries and infrastructure development such as provision of health facilities, roads, rail transportation and others, we are better off with regional government,’’ Kaigama said,’’ he said.
The union leader noted that President Muhammadu Buhari had approved bailout funds and budget support funding to enable states settle workers’ salaries, to no avail.