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Workers in 18 States Prepare to Go on Strike Over Unpaid Salaries

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NLC StrikeWorkers in 18 of 19 states who are being owed months of salaries and pensions, are preparing to go on strike.

General Secretary of the NLC, Peter Ozo-Eson, told Punch that the strike has already started in Plateau state, and would commence in Cross River and other states on Monday.

The report also reveals how terrible the situation is in some states. For instance:

  • Abia State had not paid salaries of workers of the State Teaching Hospital for nine months. The state is also said to be owing workers of the Hospital Management Board eight months’ salary; Abia State Universal Basic Education Board, six months; Abia State Polytechnic, five months; local government workers, four months; and teachers, three months’ salary arrears
  • While Enugu State had paid salaries of civil servants up to date, parastatals are being owed 12 months’ salaries and pension and gratuity remain unpaid since 2010
  • Plateau is reportedly owing six months salaries and seven months pension
  • Benue is owing five months salaries and four months pension arrears

11 Comments

  1. @edDREAMZ

    May 22, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said..
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    This is just wickedness and the state goverments are busy enjoying the gud life…. May God judge them all….
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    ***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

  2. Ada Nnewi

    May 22, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    NUPENG, PENGASSAN, NNPC subsidiaries are on strike…Jonah Jonah well done oh…now NLC wan join cause of government’s embezzlement without saving for the rainy day…which way Nigeria?

  3. Ebiere

    May 22, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    Where are those working for the fg….they should come out too…my mum hasn’t bin paid for 2 YEARS NOW

  4. dzy

    May 22, 2015 at 2:49 pm

    If you have read my comments on this page, I have been trying to raise awareness on how Nigerians just focusing on the Federal govt. while the most corrupt sector of the government is the State government. Guess which arm of govt that is closer to the people and can improve the lives of the people. The state governors went to the supreme court and forced the Federal govt to share excess crude savings , now they should tell us what they did with the money. The hated Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, implemented a Payroll information System so that Federal worker and Pensioners are paid directly from the Central Bank , now the workers money cannot be diverted to foreign accounts to yield interest, why can’t the state govs. implement a similar system. What creative Ideas do they come into office to generate funds for their state. If you hold your State government accountable and I hold mine, Nigeria will better for all..
    God bless Nigeria.

    • Femi D

      May 23, 2015 at 6:29 pm

      Thank you very much for this intelligent comment. It is amazing how easily Nigerians can be distracted but I am happy some of us have our eyes oprn well well. The new trend now is that NOI has ruined the Nigerian economy….lol…do these people even look at economic indicies to compare where Nigeria was rated internationally prior to the work she has done especially under OBJ. Ok let us say for the sake of argument that Ngozi Iweala has been 100% incompetent. At the end of the day, she is not an elected politician but a federal worker albeit a high office.

      But what about our governors?? Why do we let them insult us like this We elected them to improve our lot in life. Instead they chop our share and then they turn to FG and say “I want more” like Oliver Twist with his plate begging for soup.

      What have these governors done to generate their own state revenue? Instead of treating oil money like it is their own mother’s breastmilk. It reminds me of the parable of the talents. The governors have buried their talents in the ground (overseas bank account). God will punish them.

  5. nnenne

    May 22, 2015 at 11:11 pm

    To think that the likes of Governor Orji of Abia won election to senate and Governor of Borno, North East, was reelected.
    What were Nigerians thinking?
    Congress men, local government chairmen, Governors and upper level government officials should be held accountable more.
    Go to your congress men , make them do their jobs. Don’t leave it all to the President.

  6. molarah

    May 22, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    As sad and frustrating non-payment of salaries are, the most poignant takeaway is the fact that these workers (and all of us by extension) brought this trouble on ourselves with our own hands. As oil prices were dropping and the naira was being depreciated, the ruling party somehow found 21 billion naira to run a campaign? Did we question them or even protest the gross insensitivity of such a move at such a tight economic period. Nope we didn’t. Rather, we danced shoki at their lousy mega rallies, collected their rice, oil, packaged ‘garri’, recharge cards and cash. Little did we know that those items were supposed to last us 6-8 months since our salaries were used to purchase them. Now we are bearing the full brunt of our depraved indifference. It’s a sound lesson for Nigeria, and I hope we learn it. ALWAYS hold your leaders accountable. NEVER allow them to get away with foolishness by letting them play on your sentiments. The era of muffled democracy must end. Our leaders must carry us along fully in the governance process and fully account for all expensive initiatives/projects embarked on. The chances of these people getting their full backlog of salaries paid is close to nil, and they are going to have to face up to that reality.

    • dzy

      May 23, 2015 at 1:54 pm

      @ Molarah- Again you take the discussion to fed gov and take the emphasis from state as state workers suffer. The federal workers are not owed salaries. Let one state gov come out and tell us they have not received their fed allocation then we will blame the fed gov. My mum is a state pensioner and my dad a federal pensioner guess who is being owed pension for 6 months. If you hold your state government accountable and I hold mine Nigeria will better for all.

  7. Lucy

    May 23, 2015 at 12:22 am

    What kind of country is Nigeria?why in the world will you owe those that work in hospitals for that long?what kind of treatment do you want them to give the sick?how do you want them and there families to survive?to think this states governors and there immediate families are busy looting the state,whaooooo shame on them

  8. GOMEZ

    May 23, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    THE COUNTRY IS IN A GREAT MOMENT OF SHOCK AND IF CARE IS NOT TAKING ….HER SINKING PERIOD IS NEAR..MAY GOD HELP US ALL. NOTE: THE ROAD IS SO FREE TO DRIVE ON JUST LIKE IN THE EARLY 70’S …$60 BILLION DEBT NIGHTMARE STILL IN VOGUE …WHAT A SAD STORY… NIGERIANS,KEEP THE HOPE ALIVE. NOT UNTIL WHEN WE TAKE THEM ONE AFTER THE OTHER DOWN THE 6FT FOR LOOTING, IT WILL NEVER END.

  9. Babachidex

    May 24, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    A country that boast of having the largest economy in Africa, cannot afford to pay the salaries of civil servant. What an irony. Nigeria is indeed sitting on gun powder, ready to explode any momemt.

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