The Nigeria Labour Congress, on
Tuesday, insisted that state
governors must pay outstanding
salaries before the May 29
Factional Deputy President of the
NLC, Mr. Peters Adeyemi, said this at
the ninth National Delegates
Conference of the Medical and
Health Workers Union of Nigeria in
Adeyemi said workers had
commenced the campaign to
prevail on the outgoing governors
to pay outstanding salaries before
they leave on May 29.
Also at the event, MHWUN called on
the Federal Government to ensure
better funding of the primary
health care system in the country.
The National Administrative Council
of the NLC had on March 19, 2015 set
up a committee saddled with the
responsibility of compelling state
governments to pay over eight
months salary arrears owed
Last week, the Edo State governor,
Adams Oshiomhole, himself a
former President of the NLC, had
urged labour to unite and compel
state governors owing workers’
salaries to pay before the May 29
The congress had on December 31,
2014, said 11 states owed workers
On Tuesday, Adeyemi said that
workers should not be made to
bear the brunt of the
mismanagement of the economy as
they were not part of those who
looted the treatury.
He said, “Nigerian workers are
expecting the NLC to rise up to
issues affecting workers. I want to
use this opportunity to urge the
conference to come up with a
position to compel state governors
who owe workers’ salaries to pay.
“The payment of salaries to
workers is not a favour; it is a
constitutional right of the worker
to be paid his salary.
“All the state governments that are
not paying salaries will not enjoy
our support. The fight to get them
pay the salaries must start and it
has to be now. They should pay
what they owe before they leave.
“The workers did not participate in
the mismanagement of the
economy so the workers cannot be
made to pay for that.
“The governors who said that they
don’t have money to pay salaries
spent a lot of money, even in hard
currency, during the last elections.
They must pay the salaries they
owe the workers.”