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Fayose NLC accuses Governor of not being transparent with IGR

The NLC advised that government "gives consideration to managing the cost of governance, raising the IGR profile and appropriately applying the bail-out funds from the FG.

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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has called on the Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose to as a matter of urgency resolve the issue of unpaid salaries with workers in the state so that they can call off the ongoing strike action.

NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, stated this in a letter to the Governor, noting that workers are also concerned about the prevailing socio-economic challenges in the country but, he said, this does not justify workers owed salaries for five months or more, as it amounts to slavery.

According to Wabba, some of the issues the Ekiti workers are protesting include state government's failure to pay five months salary arrears and pensions, non-implementation of promotion report since 2014, as well as issues regarding staff verification carried out in 2015.

Fayose was also accused of refusing to disclose the actual monthly sum of internally generated revenues.

Wabba said workers "are not unconcerned about the prevailing socio-economic challenges in the polity," adding, "In our view, however, this does not constitute an acceptable rationale for owing workers and pensioners for so long.  A laborer, the Holy Books tell us, deserves his wages. Stripped of his wages, he is reduced to a slave without rights or privileges."

The NLC advised that government "gives consideration to managing the cost of governance, raising the IGR profile and appropriately applying the bail-out funds given by the Federal Government."

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Wabba urged the governor "to bring this strike action speedily to an end by commencing the process of payment and establishing a platform for dialogue at which the leadership of the workers at the state level could be availed of what accrues to the coffers of the state monthly."

He added that the NLC is prepared dialogue with the governor and work out a solution to the problem.

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