LG chair blames docile labour for non-payment of workers’ salaries
The lingering running battle between workers and Abia State Government over the laters salary arrears has been blamed on the of labour to live up to its responsibility of protecting workers interest. Chairman of Isiala Ngwa North Local Government Area, Chief Ginger Onwusibe, said in an interview with newsmen after the 40th anniversary celebration of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Umuahia, that the compromised labour should be blamed for the several months of salary arrears owed workers by government.
He said: “Like in the local government system at a point they were owed five months arrears of salary and instead of labour to rally round and get paid, they will be applauding the same insensitive government that owes them.” The chairman said the state government had no reason to owe workers, especially those in the local government service. He said: “Last month the monthly allocation to the local government from the federation account was N2.4 billion, an increase of N600 million from what it used to be, N1.8billion.
So, the state government has no reason to owe local government workers.” Onwusibe said in spite of the increase, the state government was still unable to pay the workers because the labour leaders were docile. He said government would get away with it because labour is not doing what it was supposed to do. He warned that it was becoming increasingly difficult to rig elections, saying that only the good works of any government will speak for it in 2019.
Reacting to the call on civil servants to join politics, Onwusibe said: “The civil servants are politicians already,” adding that the call was even belated since the civil servants were already politicians.”
Dapchi Girls: Abduction of school girls in Yobe is a national disaster – Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari has described as a national disaster, the abduction of students of Government Girls’ Technical College, Dapchi, Yobe state, saying his government is doing its best to secure their release.
In a statement by Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, Buhari said he has instructed all security agencies to see to it that the girls return safely and the perpetrators face justice.
He said he gave the orders immediately he received the “devastating news”.
“We are sorry that this could have happened and share your pain,” he said
“When I received the devastating news of the attack on the school and the fact that the local authorities could not account for all the students, I immediately dispatched a high-level delegation on a fact-finding visit to the town.
“I also instructed the security agencies to deploy in full and not spare any effort to ensure that all the girls are returned safely, and the attackers arrested and made to face justice.
“The entire country stands as one with the girls’ families, the government and the people of Yobe State.
“This is a national disaster. We are sorry that this could have happened and share your pain.
“We pray that our gallant armed forces will locate and safely return your missing family members.
“Our government is sending more troops and surveillance aircraft to keep an eye on all movements in the entire territory on a 24-hour basis, in the hope that all the missing girls will be found .”
Tinubu’s Letter: Oyegun meets Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari met with John Odigie-Oyegun, national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Friday afternoon over the crisis rocking the party.
Recall that Mr Tinubu had written a letter to Odigie-Oyegun accused the chairman of sabotaging the reconciliation assignment given to him by the president.
Odigie-Oyegun arrived the presidential villa at 3 pm and left 50 minutes later after meeting with Buhari.
He did not speak to the media, walking briskly away as soon as he saw journalists approaching him.
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