Workers warn govs against diversion of bailout fund

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Wabba, Buhari and Yari

WORKERS have threaten to declare industrial action in any state of the federation that diverts the bailout funds granted by the Federal Government for the payment of workers’ salaries.

Speaking under the auspices of the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council (JNPSNC) in Abuja recently, the group warned state governors that such diversion will be visited with immediate strike action without prior notice in the affected states.

And to ensure strict monitoring, the JNPSNC called on workers and their unions at the state levels to adequately monitor the disbursement of the fund and take additional steps to see to its disbursement.

The National Chairman of JNPSNC and President of Nigeria Civil Service Union (NCSU), Kiri Mohammed and the National Secretary of the council and General Secretary of the Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria Marcus Omokhuale, commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the financial bailout.

Commending President Buhari on the financial bailout to state governments, he said the release of roughly N713 billion has placed the government as the most responsible government in most recent time.

He said the bailout relief package aimed at clearing backlog of salaries owed workers was timely, adding that it has brought to the fore the government serious concern for the plight of the Nigerian workers.

The council stated that the lingering crisis of unpaid workers’ salaries that cut across most states and local governments in the country must be considered as the worst omen of failing states and local government that has befallen the country in the past few years.

Kiri said the root of the problem was the endemic corruption in the country saying President Buhari must not allow his detractors dampen the moral of Nigerian workers as their performance is what he requires to achieve success.

He said: “The JNPSNC wish to commend and applaud the directive of Mr. President to state governors to as a matter of priority, consider how to liquidate the unpaid salaries of workers across the country, a situation he said has brought untold hardship to the workers. This statement is the most responsible statement ever made by a sitting Federal Government of Nigeria in the recent past.

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