The Labour union has cautioned Fed Govt over the directives given by the president Mohammadu Buhari on the N500b Paris Club refund to states – The Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) has urged the Federal Government to compel states to invest the N500 billion London-Paris Club refund on projects instead of using it for things that are not visible.. It said the measure would prevent a repeat of what happened last year when the first tranche of N388 billion released in December was allegedly diverted into other uses, or embezzled.It is clear that most states cannot account for the last one released to them. In a statement, TUC National President Comrade Bobboi Kaigama said: “We are afraid the governors might come cap-in-hand for another round in no distant time if the necessary things are not put in place. “One could say from the fore goings that the President to some extent profoundly means well to improve the welbeing of citizens but some people are determined to frustrate his effort. One would have expected that the first money released would have been used for salaries, pentioners so as to ameliorate the suffering of the citizens, but most state governors diverted the funds to uses that did not impact on the lives of the masses.In a related development an organised labour under the aegis of Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN), on issues of payment of arrears will shut down Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) at the federal level unless the government pays promotion arrears, outstanding salaries and other allowances owed public servants in the next few weeks. Giving this indication in Lagos on Tuesday, the ASCSN Secretary-General, Comrade Alade Bashir Lawal, regretted that more than a year after the promotion arrears were computed by a Presidential Committee and report submitted to the Presidency, the government has continued to ‘dilly-dally’ on the payment. “The issue of unpaid entitlements of workers have remained unattended to for some years now and was indeed brought to the attention of the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, sometimes ago for necessary action.
The president need to give directive to the ministries to avoid breakdown of law. the suffering on the workers as a result of non payments of salaries and arrears is becoming a serious issues, hence the general out cry that the London paris club refund should be well managed this time.
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