By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
Following President Muhammadu Buhari’s resolve to bail out some state governors who are unable to pay their workers salaries through a range of relief packages, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Oyo State Chapter, and the Public Service Joint Negotiating Council (PSJNC) have requested for an emergency meeting with the state government to work out modalities on how to disburse the fund for the purpose of payment of outstanding unpaid arrears of salaries of workers in the state.
The state’s chairman of the labour union, Comrade Waheed Olojede, disclosed this while speaking with WESTERN POST’s correspondent at the weekend over the unpaid areas of salaries in the state and the latest actions of labour on the issue.
He disclosed that upon versification of the allocation documents from the Federal Ministry of Finance, Abuja as presented by the state’s Accountant-General, it was discovered that a sum of N2.7 billion was disbursed to the state and another N2.7 billion was shared to the 33 local governments in the state.
This, according to him, is reportedly from the proceeds from the National Liquefied Natural Gas (NLNG).
Considering the outstanding arrears of unpaid salaries and pensions in the state, which runs into the salaries of workers on G.L.13 and above, pensions and subventions to the judiciary and the state higher institutions for the month of March, the whole of April, May and June salaries and pensions in relation to the meagre fund received, Olojede said the meeting compelled the government to commence the payment of the salary arrears.
He said government should begin with the payment of the balance of March salaries of workers on G.L.13 and above, pensions and subventions to the judiciary and higher institutions in the mainstream of the state public service while the fund of the local governments should be used to commence payment of May salaries of workers and pensioners under local governments including primary school teachers in the state.
“It is, however, pertinent to assert here that the special bailout committee of the Federal Government headed by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, and the Forum of Nigerian Governors should treat this matter of bailout fund with the seriousness and the urgency it deserves to ameliorate the sufferings of Nigerian workers and pensioners who are dying daily of hunger, poverty and disease with millions of others suffering from untold hardship with shameful inability to meet their family commitments and responsibilities, thus leaving many homes shattered and scattered,” he said.