LABOUR AUPCTRE to Buhari: En­sure NLC donates 1m to sup­port Ubani`s family govs ac­count for bailout fund

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Mustapha Suleiman From Mo­hammed Shosanya, Lagos

The Amal­ga­mated union of Pub­lic Cor­po­ra­tions, Civil Ser­vice Tech­ni­cal And Recre­ational Ser­vices Em­ploy­ees (AUPCTRE), has called on the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to make gover­nors ac­count for bailout funds given to their state.

In a com­mu­nique is­sued af­ter the 20th ple­nary ses­sion of its Na­tional Gov­ern­ing Coun­cil (NGC), in Abuja re­cently, AUPCTRE alleged that most of the state gover­nors have mis­ap­pro­pri­ated the fund, re­sult­ing in their in­abil­ity to pay their work­ers for many months.

In the com­mu­nique, signed by the Na­tional Pres­i­dent of AUPCTRE, Com­rade Solomon Adel­e­gan and the Gen­eral Sec­re­tary, Com­rade Yusuf Zam­buk, the union de­cried ir­reg­u­lar pay­ment of salary, pen­sion, gra­tu­ity and remit­tance of union dues by the state gov­ern­ments, de­spite the fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s as­sis­tance to them, through the bailout fund.

The com­mu­nique said: “The NGC-in-ses­sion ap­pre­ci­ates the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment for pro­vi­sion of bailout funds for pay­ment of ar­rears of salaries, pen­sion and gra­tu­ity to state gov­ern­ment. But un­for­tu­nately, most of the state gov­ern­ments have mis­ap­pro­pri­ated the funds such that work­ers are owed two months to 11 months ar­rears of salaries, pen­sions and gra­tu­ities.

“De­riv­ing from above, the NGC-in-ses­sion wish to put the af­fected states on no­tice to ei­ther im­me­di­ately re­solve the is­sue of pay­ing out­stand­ing salary, pen­sion and gra­tu­ity ar­rears in their re­spec­tive states or be pre­pared to face the anger of the or­ga­nized labour.” The Pres­i­dent of Nige­ria Labour Congress (NLC) , Com­rade Ayuba Waba, has do­nated the sum of N1 mil­lion to the wife of late civil ac­tivist Chima Ubani, Mrs. Ochuwa Ubani

Ayuba,who promised to con­tinue the kind ges­ture for the next five years, said that the fund would sup­port the tu­ition fee and other ex­penses of the chil­dren of Ubani, who died in a ghastly road ac­ci­dent on Septem­ber 25, 2005, on the Postikum/Yobe high­way while co­or­di­nat­ing the Labour and Civil So­ci­ety (LASCO) Coali­tion rally/protests against the in­ces­sant in­crease in the prices of petroleum prod­ucts by the then Obasanjo-led ad­min­is­tra­tion.

He com­mended late Ubani for his im­pact in the labour strug­gle, adding that his ef­fort would be doc­u­mented and.

Mean­while, mem­bers of the civil lib­er­ties or­gan­i­sa­tions, who at­tended the meet­ing, urged NLC pres­i­dent, Com­rade Ayuba Waba, to unite the NLC, say­ing that the di­vi­sion among its mem­bers would hin­der de­vel­op­ment of the NLC.

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