The Nigeria Labour Congress and its Trade Union Congress counterpart have expressed their disappointment over the inability of the state government, led by Governor Bello Matawalle, to pay the state’s civil servants’ salaries for two consecutive months.
This is contained in a statement jointly signed in Gusau, on Wednesday, by the state NLC and TUC chairmen, Sani Halliru and Saidu Mudi, respectively.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Bello Matawalle, at the recently held 2023 May Day celebration assured that his administration would pay all outstanding salaries to civil servants in the state before handing to the governor-elect on May 29.
The statement reads: “Series of issues prevailed, and meetings were vigorously held in respect of the above subject matter involving all the stakeholders on the best way to handle the matter with maturity and understanding between the state government and two labour unions.
“The two labour centres condemned perceived nonchalant attitude of the state government to pay salary of its workers for two months of March and April.
“Having patiently waited for the salary to be paid, the two labour centres, therefore, as a matter of responsibility, request the state government to save lives of workers and their families with immediate effect.
“The leaders of the two workers’ unions have expressed serious concern over the condition of the state civil servants.
“We crave for your indulgence, support and cooperation as we move to fight for your rights; therefore we urge you to be more patient and persevere. We will not relent until our salary is paid Insha Allah”, the labour leaders assured.