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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Taraba State has accused the outgoing administration of Governor Darius Ishakuof allegedly diverting N800 million deducted from workers' salary.


NLC chairman in the state, Comrade Dame Musa, alleged that N800m was deducted from workers' salary for workers multipurpose loan schemes, staff welfare scheme, union dues and National Housing Fund but was never remitted for the purpose.

 

He said the deduction was authorised by workers but the monies deducted were not remitted by the government for the purpose it was authorised. 

He said the deduction was authorised by workers but the monies deducted were not remitted by the government for the purpose it was authorised.

 

"Recipients and beneficiaries of these monies, especially staff of trade union organisations in the state, are subjected to unbearable hardship," he said.

 

The congress also accused the outgoing government of refusing to pay pensions and gratuities of retired civil servants.

Comr. Musa said over eight hundred million naira as union dues, Staff welfare scheme and staff multipurpose loan scheme which have been deducted from workers salaries by the state government have not been remitted to the respective unions. 

 

The council also noted that the seven days ultimatum given to the state government to remit all union dues elapsed on 19th May with the government making no effort to comply with the demands. 

 

Comr. Musa ask members of the Organised labour to remain calm and await further directives from the Organised labour

 

He said it was disheartening to note that N22bn unpaid gratuities of retired workers is standing against the Taraba State Government and it was due to the outgoing governor's failure to pay such money that retired workers are suffering.

 

Musa said Taraba is the only state in the North East and one of the three states in the country that is yet to implement the new minimum wage which gives the state a negative rating both at national and international level.

 

He assured that the Joint Public Service Negotiating Councils would continue to demand for the right of workers in the state. 

 

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