Low spirit Eid Fitri celebrations, Labour sympathize with  Kano workers

Low spirit Eid Fitri celebrations, Labour sympathize with  Kano workers

 By Abdulgafar Oladimeji

 Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC Kano state  council has expressed concerns over the frustration  suffered by public workers and pensioners  ,owing to   the failure by Kano state government to pay their April wages .

 The workers umbrella body decried what it described as   the low spirit celebration under with which   Kano workers observed the Muslim festivities  , due to the non payment  of  their salaries prior to the Eid day.

 The council in a press release dated 5th May, 2022, signed by Kabiru Ado Minjibir and Husaini Buda, chairman and secretary respectively, labour  frowned at the weak financial  capacity of Kano workers and pensioners prior and during the Eid Fitri celebrations, which impeded usual beehive   festive activities.

 The body however appealed to worker to always exercise high level patience,  though stated that, it is not unaware of  the cries of workers and pensioners that  had enveloped social media platforms.

 Minjobir stated that the JPSNC, which is the arm  empowered to negotiate the welfare of workers had made a case in efforts to compel the state government to cave into paying wages before the celebrations, the efforts failed, he explained .

 Speaking on the  defence offered  by the state government that the non payments of April  wages was caused by the failure and non release of FAAC allocation to the state by the federal government , the body  dismissed the excuse, while  advising   the state government to always plan ahead.

 NLC Kano advise the state government to always save for rainy days, adding that Kano state government should create reservoir of  funds to cater for  the payments of wages, in the period of scarcity  suggesting  one month savings kept in the state coffers will have helped  to forestall  the unwarranted failure to pay April wages to kano workers .

 The congress expressed  mixed feelings in its   Eid Fitri felicitation message sent to Kano workers , urging its members to understand the constraint  imposed on the congress in the  provisions of extant labour laws, limiting the capacity of the body when navigating issues such as the delayed payment of their  April wages.

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