NLC demands payment for verified Borno workers

Governor Kashim Shettima

Governor Kashim Shettima

• State uncovers 13,603 ghost workers, saves N1.6b

The Borno State government has identified 13,603 ghost workers on its payroll. The discovery, which has saved the state N1.6billion, followed an ongoing biometric data exercise by the Workers’ Verification Committee.

Governor Kashim Shettima made the disclosure Wednesday in a broadcast to people of the state on non-payment of workers’ salaries for two months.The state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) yesterday, however, demanded payment of salaries to the 19,700 verified workers.

NLC chairman, Comrade Ali Abana, who faulted handling of the verification by Head of Service, Yakubu Bukar, said: “Negotiation was inconclusive when the state government came out with this decision to pay only those captured by the biometric data, a thing labour was not part of.

“Another observation was on the figure given by the government, amounting to N2.7billion monthly salaries of civil servants. This figure covers salaries of commissioners, legislators, students’ allowances, Sangaya teachers’ allowances, pension board members, special advisers/assistants, among others.”

Governor Shettima said he was ready to pay any price to ensure sanity is brought into the system. He added that he was aware some persons eager to continue illegality were planning to foment trouble.

“We are going to do the right thing, no matter the consequence. If they want to storm Government House, they are free to do so.” He warned: “We have notified the security agencies to take whatever steps are needed to safeguard public institutions.”

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