Ayuba Wabba, President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has slammed Governor Nasir el-Rufai for failing to pay salaries and pensions.
Wabba, who disclosed this in Akwa Ibom on Monday also berated the governor for victimising unionists in the state.
According to him, “It is in the face of practising an obscured and jaundiced capitalism that many state governors deliberately refused to pay the salaries of the workers and pensions in their states.
“One very saddening case is that of Kaduna State, where Governor Nasir el-Rufai has embarked on an illusory agenda of ensuring that trade unions become extinct by stopping the payment of salary, pensions and check-off dues.
“Let me have it on record that governors and other political office holders are elected or appointed to serve the people and not kill them through stoppage of the means of their survival and that of their organisations.”
Speaking on the theme, ‘Labour, Politics and National Unity: Expanding the Frontiers of Workers’ Participation’, Wabba said it was important for the government at all levels to increase the minimum wage.
However, Governor el-Rufai’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Samuel Aruwan said, “As far as we are concerned, we are labour friendly. All the government policies as regards labour in the state are geared towards efficiency.
“Only recently, the Kaduna State chapter of the Nigerian Union of Teachers wrote a recommendation letter expressing satisfaction with the policies of the government towards revamping the sector.
“Anything said on labour remuneration or otherwise, is purely political.”