Unpaid salaries: Your reasons are watery, Imo NLC tells Okorocha

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…Gives seven days ultimatum to pay march salary

The leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Imo state chapter, yesterday gave the outgoing Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha, seven days ultimatum to pay workers in the state, their salary for March 2019.

Their stand was contained in a statement to newsmen in Owerri, signed by the various state chairmen of NLC, Trade Union Congress, TUC; Joint Public Service Negotiating Council; Austin Chilakpu, Nkim Tangban, Aloy Iwuanyanwu respectively.

According to the leaders of the workers that they wondered why they have not received their salary, for March 2019, alleging that the allocation for the said month has entered the accounts of the Imo state government.

This came days after, Okorocha said he does not owe workers in Imo state, he also challenged the workers in the state, to come out and say the truth if his government was owing them.

The workers stated: “Your Excellency sir, the leadership of labour in the state have made frantic efforts to see that the salaries of Imo workers for the month of March 2019 is paid through the office of the Accountant General and have not yielded any result.

“All the reasons given as why the salaries are yet to be paid is watery and as such, not acceptable to Imo workers. Apart from this, Imo state government has received the following.”

They added, “LGA, allocations for the 27 local government areas in the state, 13% derivation fund; ecological fund; internally generated revenue and many more. Therefore, the continuous delay in the payment of workers salaries becomes unjustified.

“More worrisome also is the fact that we shall soon enter into the Easter season which the workers need this salary for. It is pertinent to point out that no state government in the North can deny it’s workers their salaries during Salah.

“It is expected that no state in this part of the country should deny it’s workers their salaries that such all-important celebrations as Easter.”

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