The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has accused some governors of diverting the bailout funds from the Federal Government meant to pay workers’ salaries and pensions, into fixed deposit accounts for personal gains.
NLC President Ayuba Wabba made the allegation in his message to Nigerians, yesterday, on today’s 55th Independence anniversary.
According to him, such action was unacceptable and would be resisted.
Wabba said that the NLC was already working with the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) to track such funds and take appropriate actions.
He hailed the National Council of State and President Muhammadu Buhari for paying the backlog of salaries. But regretted that the enthusiasm and commitment by the Council of State and the President on the matter had not been replicated in some states.
The labour leader alleged that rather than pay salaries and pensions, some of the governors “have elected to play politics with the welfare of their workers with some of them quoted as saying that they reserve the right to do what they like with the intervention fund from the federal government since it is a loan.
“We note particularly that payment of pensions at state and local governments is a major problem because they operate defined benefit pension system which often times is not funded. And even when it is funded, the governors and their cohorts help themselves to these funds because they are exposed.
“We condemn this attitude and strongly warn that henceforth, any state that defaults in the regular payment of salaries and pensions will face the wrath of the workers. Salaries and pensions are inalienable rights of workers and retirees and not privileges. We also call for pension reforms at state and local government levels to enhance the security of pension funds and regular payments.
“We would want to sound a note of caution to the governors who have fixed the intervention funds in banks for pecuniary benefits. It is totally unacceptable. The Nigeria Labour Congress is working with ICPC to track the fixed funds for the purpose of taking appropriate action,” Wabba said.
The NLC President argued that the performance of the economy has been of great concern to Labour, stressing that “in the months preceding the 2015 general elections, the performance nosedived largely due to a number of reasons including dwindling oil sales in the international market, fiscal indiscipline, corruption, rising cost of governance and unhelpful macro-economic policies.
“However, the general elections, arguably was the trigger, as the economy cascaded to its lowest ebb immediately after the elections, in recent years. Funding the 2015 budget was difficult, government borrowed to pay salaries.
“Even then, not all MDAs were paid. Save two or three states, the rest were unable to pay salaries or pensions leading to a backlog of up to six months or more. The Naira was massively devalued while inflation rose. Practically, everything came to a halt. There were clear signs of restiveness in the polity.
“It was therefore not surprising that one of the first things President Muhammadu Buhari did (after being sworn in), was to create an intervention fund through the instrumentality of the Council of State to enable the states pay up backlogs of salaries and pension arrears. There have been other interventions that have considerably eased tension in the polity.”
BREAKING: Police Arrest Suspects As Explosion Rocks Wike Father’s Church
An explosion has reportedly rocked a church belonging to the father of Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike, in Port Harcourt, the state capital.
The Rivers State Police Command has however announced the arrest of three suspects who allegedly detonated explosives at a Pentecostal church, Christain Universal Church International, located at Mile 3, Diobu area of Port Harcourt.
The act was reportedly carried out on Saturday night and detonated the explosives suspected to be dynamite.
According to reports, a significant part of the church was damaged by the explosion, which created panic in the area.
Gunmen Abduct Wife Of Akeredolu’s Chief Of Staff
Kidnappers on Friday abducted the wife of Olugbenga Ale, Chief of Staff to Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu.
According to reports, she was kidnapped around Owena after the Joseph Ayo Babalola University while on her way back to Ondo from Lagos State.
The police spokesman in the state, ASP Tee-Leo Ikoro, confirmed the news to Channels Television on Friday.
This development is coming about twenty-four hours after a first-class traditional ruler in Ondo State, the Olufon of Ifon in Ose local government, Oba Isreal Adeusi, was murdered by suspected kidnappers.
TECNO Stormed Computer Village with BBNaija’s OZO to Wrap up its Black Friday Sales Activities
The month of November is always known for its intense sales activities because the best deals of the year come
during the Black Friday Period. For TECNO, Africa Number One mobile brand, it was the time to reward its
customers with massive discounts and various gift items while also unveiling some of its new devices.
The brand in collaboration with SLOT stormed computer village as part of the events to wrap up its black Friday
sale activities, hosted BBNaija’s Ozoemena Chukwu to a hangout at SLOT Ikeja.
Fans and customers had a fun time interacting with the handsome celebrity while enjoying discount offers on
TECNO devices. Different deals and gift items were up for grabs as customers who made purchases at the store
enjoyed 50% discounts on Spark 5, Camon 16 Series and 100% cashback on the Spark 5 Pro.
The major highlight of the event was the presentation prizes to lucky winners. Customers who participated in
the spin the wheel game won gifts items such as Bluetooth Speaker; Power Bank and kettle while those who
participated in the Scratch and Win Promo won for themselves different deals ranging from 50% to 100%
TECNO also introduced two latest devices-the Spark GO 2020-powered by Google Android 10 Go Edition and a
TECNO POVA. POVA means ‘Powering Optimal Value and Ambitions’ is a rebrand of the popular battery series
formerly known as Pouvoir was inspired by the zeal to deliver budget-friendly smartphones with superior
The first of its kind 6.8-inch TECNO POVA, is powered by Mediatek Helio G80 octa-core processor and hyper-
engine game technology that transforms gameplay experience giving ultimate stability and a high refresh rate.
Additionally, users will benefit from the “Game Space,” “Game Mode,” and “Game Assistant 2.0” features,
allowing them to switch to the “do not disturb” function, a much-anticipated experience all gamers will
The TECNO POVA is also equipped with a power-packed multitasking effect ramped up by 6GB RAM and 128GB
of internal memory. The device also has a 6000mAh super big battery, 18W Dual IC Flash charger, a standby
time of 30 days and the ability to play music for 8 days straight, on just a single charge. It’s the perfect
smartphone offering a way to worry less about low battery.
The new devices are available for purchase this November and for the rest of November, customers will enjoy
amazing discounts, instant and mega prizes on TECNO devices.
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