President Muhammadu Buhari has advised Nigerians not to re-elect state governors that have formed the habit of owing workers in their state civil service many months of salaries despite receiving bailouts from Federal government.
In an interview with the Hausa service of Voice of America, VOA, which was aired yesterday, President Buhari said he saw no justification in governors collecting bailout funds from the Federal Government and still fail to pay the salaries of the the civil servants.
He stressed that workers have families as well to cater for and it is a matter of importance for a responsible governor to ensure that he pays the salaries of his workers.
“I wonder how these governors are able to sleep, knowing that they have refused to pay workers their wages. These workers have families to cater for, they pay rent, pay school fees, hospital bills and food for their families,” he said.
He said Nigerian Constitution gave governors the independence to spend their funds without interference, stressing that was the reason some were abusing that privilege by refusing to work for the people. President Buhari advised Nigerians to use their voting rights to ensure they voted only for people who would deliver.
No new minimum wage, no peaceful election – Organised Labour Meanwhile, leaders of Organised Labour and their civil society allies, yesterday warned that there would be no peaceful election next month, should the Federal Government fail to resolve issues around the new minimum wage.
They also noted that the voting pattern of workers in the 2019 general elections might be skewed in favour of timely implementation of the minimum wage.
At a nationwide sensitisation and mobilisation rally, yesterday, labour leaders urged President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately transmit the N30,000 recommendations of the Tripartite Committee on National Minimum Wage to the National Assembly to legislate into law to save the nation of the negative consequences of the continued delay.