Nasarawa State: Labour Union Debunks Report over unpaid Salaries

Amina Mohammed, Lafia

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The Nigeria Labour Congress(NLC) Nasarawa state Council has debunked BudgIT reports over unpaid workers salary in the state.
The NLC Chairman Comrade Yusuf Iya stated this during a press briefing at the NLC Office in Lafia, the state capital.
He said According to BudgIT report, Nasarawa State is among the eight (8) States in the country that are in arrears of salaries of between 6 and more than  six(6) months.
“We, the leadership of NLC Nasarawa state, who are the representatives of the workers in the state hereby debunk, condemn and describe the report as false, fallacy malicious, concocted baseless.
I wish to state here that since the inception of this administration of Engr Abdullahi Sule, both state and local Governments workers including retirees have never been in arrears of even a month wage.
“It should be noted that when Engr. Abdullahi Sule came on board as Executive, He met the Local Government staff and retirees receiving  salaries/wages in percentage, he stopped that practice immediately.
“Similarly, His Excellency the Governor, inherited a salary liability which has been hanging since 2016, amounting to 720,000,000.00 naira, he graciously granted approval for the payment and it was paid, not only that, His Excellency Engr Abdullahi Sule approved the implementation of pending promotion which has been hanging for over 14 years with a financial implementation of  216,000,000 naira, thereby adding the  sum to the state wage bill till date and he has never refused to pay for any month,” Comrade Iya said.
He further called on Nigerians to disregard the report because it’s a gimmick aimed at causing confusion and political disorder in Nasarawa State.
In a related development, the Chief Press Secretary(CPS) to the Nasarawa state governor, Ibrahim Addra said the government does not owe its workers a single month’s salary.
He said the emphasis is necessary to correct the erroneous impression created by the BudgIT “2022 Sub-national salary Survey” report.
“We challenge BudgIT to admit it has goofed and come out with a categorical statement and apology regarding the status of salary payment in Nasarawa State,” CPS said.
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