Chris Steven, Abuja
As many state governments across the country continue to struggle to pay their workers’ salary, the Labour Party (LP) has rejected the planned bail out of state governors by the federal government over unpaid workers’ salaries.
National Chairman of the LP Alhaji Abdukadir Abdulsalam said in Abuja on Thursday that states only need to look inward to generate enough funds to pay their workers and depend less on federal allocations which he said they can use for other developmental needs.
He said President Muhammadu Buhari should not in any way pay workers of states, saying it would set a bad precedent and worsen the crisis.
“To us in the Labour Party, the federal government should not set bad precedent by bailing out these states from the quagmire of paying workers’ salaries, which is their right.
The states should go back to drawing board and ensure that their priority henceforth as they receive allocations from the federal government should be to pay the backlog of salaries they owed the workers.
“It is disheartening and most unfortunate that most of the states that clamor for change and those there before as governors and that destroyed the economy of their respective states can now no longer pay workers’ salaries up to 10 months.
This is unbelievable in a country like ours. These states due to their lack of preparedness, prioritization of project and coupled with their white elephant projects were unable to do the right things,” Abdulsalam said.
He said that instead of asking for a bailout from President Buhari, they should rather look inward especially from their internally generated funds and pay the arrears of the salaries being owed workers immediately.
“We support the NLC and the TUC that any state owing workers’ salaries should be locked-down and all the state governors, including former governor owning salaries for more than two months should be investigated by the EFCC to come and explain what happened to the resources of their state especially Rochas Okorocha of Imo, Rauf Aregbesola of Osun and Idris Wada of Kogi among others,” Abdulsalam added.