NLC appeals to Buhari over varsity workers' salaries


President Muhammadu Buhari and NLC President Wabba

By Joan Nwagwu

The Nigeria Labour Congress(NLC) has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the payment of all withheld salaries of university workers in the country.

Mr Ayuba Wabba, the NLC President, made the appeal in a resolution reached at the end of the National Administrative Council (NAC) of the congress in Abuja.

It would be recalled that due to “No Work, No Pay” policy of the Federal Government, the salaries of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and others were withheld for the period they were on strike.

“We urged President Muhammadu Buhari as a mark of goodwill to direct the payment of all withheld salaries of university workers.

“The affected university workers are finding it difficult to cope with the prevailing economic challenges in the country,” he said.

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Wabba said the congress also reiterated the call for a major wage review for workers in the public service, adding that the review was imperative given the considerably weakened value of the Naira against all the currencies of the world.

He noted that this has made the cost of living unreasonably difficult for workers and ordinary Nigerians.

According to him, we find it necessary to explain here that there is a world of difference between the national minimum wage review and the general wage review.

“Furthermore, it is quite important to remind the Federal Government that the last public sector wage review was done in 2011 and has since expired.

“The need for another review cannot be overstated given the excruciating economic realities in Nigeria today,” he said.


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