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