The president of the Nigeria Labor Congress, Ayuba Wabba, explained salary catastrophe under Samuel Ortom administration as purposeful and “the worst case scenario in Nigeria.”
“The Nigerian government plainly betrayed the trust of pensioners and workers who had voted the government into office,” declared Mr. Wabba.
Mr. Ortom has already experienced the heaviest possible criticism for not paying any salary to workers for the longest periods in the country – 13 months for pensioners and seven months for ordinary workers.
As a result, such situation has already made mad both union leaders and the governor`s political opponents. Thus, an ex-minster and tribal chief of the Peoples Democratic Party, Abba Moro, accused the governor of Benue state of spending all money he gets as inside profits and share from the federal government.
According to Mr. Wabba, the governor Ortom does not pay any pensions, salaries, and gratuities after gathering bail-out funds and Paris Club refunds.
Mr. Wabba continues that Mr. Ortom betrayed his “insincerity and indifference” to the situation, influencing all union members to get voters’ card because the governor supposedly saw them as having no electoral value.
Mr. Ortom spokesperson, Terver Akase, immediately discarded Mr. Wabba’s claims as politically-motivated. In particular, the spokesman told that a leader of his caliber must always be measured in his official comments.
Terver Akase added that Benue state finance is not enough to meet up all obligations. He added that the workers had known about such a situation long ago and agreed to wait for some time.
Notwithstanding this, Mr. Wabba declared that he would undoubtedly carry on his holy struggle with Ortom administration until all issues around workers interests are completely resolved.
Mr. Wabba urged Benue labor leaders to immediately take required steps to fully mobilize all the Benue state workers to guard their interests.
Therefore, last week Benue workers returned home after weekly warning strike.
Source: Benue News.