As agreed upon at the meeting that followed the elimination of gasoline subsidies, the Trade Union Congress has issued a warning to the Federal Government, demanding that all federal government servants be paid their ₦35,000 wage award without delay.
During a continuing press briefing in Abuja on Tuesday, following the congress’s emergency National Executive Council meeting, TUC President Festus Osifo issued the warning.
The Congress made it clear that it had reliable information to the effect that workers had only gotten a partial payment for September, and that only a small number of workers had received their second installment.
To avoid another crisis, Osifo urged the 36 state governors and the Federal Capital Territory Minister to “tighten their belts in assuaging the anguish of workers” caused by the elimination of fuel subsidies.
Osifo stated, “Regarding the salary award, it is documented that payment was made for September. However, the current situation is that our federal civil service workers have not received the $35,000 compensation award since October.” Please, the government, expedite all of the payments immediately. We found out that they’re taking precautions to guarantee payment, but nobody is willing to hear their justifications.
Without further delay and justification, we are demanding that the federal government servants’ $35,000 wage awards be deposited into their bank accounts.
“We demand that all levels of government, including the federal, state, and local levels, cut spending. It is intolerable that government officials are enjoying lavish lifestyles while asking Nigerians to do the same.”