The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and it’s Trade Union Congress (TUC) has announced its intention to hold a nationwide rally against over various issues affecting the country.
The rally tagged Day of action against corruption to draw the attention of government to the plight of workers and Nigerians, will hold on Thursday in Abuja and Lagos.
The NlC president Ayuba Wabba who addressed journalists in Abuja said despite the work being done by the anti corruption agencies, there is need for public support to ensure that the measures being out in place translates to more recovery of stolen funds, conviction and conclusion of cases.
Wabba lamented the inability of most state governors to pay workers salaries, Pension and gratuity.
He cited some cases where some governors owed workers up to 77 months gratuity, blaming it on corruption and mismanagement.
He said, “We thought that we must canvass for the issue of good governance and the fight against corruption as a lot of state government are not doing the needful as it concerns workers.
“In spite the Paris Club Refund to some of the states, some of the states are not making efforts to ensure that workers interest is given the priority it deserved.
“Gratuity in most of the states are also building up, we have liability of gratuity ranging between seven months and some 77 months.
“The worst-case scenario, is Imo state, where we have liability of gratuity of 77 months and pensions.
Wabba said that the Imo State government had contemplated paying the pensioners 60 per cent of their 77 months’ pension arrears while the pensioners have rejected.
He said that the Nigeria Labour movement was proposing on how to move down to those states owing workers and pensioners to engage the governors.
“This portrait a lot of danger and challenges basically because, in some of those states they do not look at the issue of workers’ salaries, among others as a priority.
“So the whole essence of the rally for good governance is to see that our political elite get their priority right.
“It is in this context, that the NLC and the TUC are going do a second around of campaign for good governance and fight against corruption
“Because, we realised from the data’s we have it is not about how much those states earned, but it about how transparent the process is in those states, ‘’he added.
He noted that some states received less but yet do not have liability of salaries and pensions while some receive much but have accumulated liabilities.
He said that the rally was a quest for the new minimum wage for workers in the country.
“Basically whether we like it or not, corruption will continue to fight back, except we the working class and others come together to defeat those forces, nobody will help us, ‘’he added