The Nigerian Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) on Saturday advised the Federal Government against assisting state governments with bailout funds for the payment of workers’ salaries.
The union’s South-West Chairman, Mr Tokunbo Korodo, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos gave the instruction.
Mr Korodo also adviced the state governments with huge salary arrears to look inwards and find new ways to generate revenue, without waiting for monthly allocations from the federation account.
“Most of the governors have about 20 commissioners and over 42 special advisers, besides other large number of associates among whom they appointed the heads of various boards and agencies in the state.
“Governors from the 27 states that cannot pay the monthly salaries of their workers should look inward to find new ways of generating income to settle their wage bills.”
He suggested the reviving of agriculture as an alternative to the current over-dependence of such states on revenues from the federation account.
He also enjoined such governors to block all existing leakages in revenue generation in their states.