No Workers Day Celebration In Kogi State

The chairman Nigeria Labour Congress Kogi state, Comrade Onuh Edoka and his Trade Union Congress (TUC) counterpart, Ojo Ranti disclosed that the organized labour in Kogi state on Sunday said it had canceled the celebration of workers day otherwise known as May Day.

Edoka said the cancellation of the May Day was to register the organised labour displeasure on the way and manner the state government handled its members so far.

The NLC boss also expressed his dissatisfaction that the screening appeal and complaint committee was yet to make available to the organised labour in order for the Union to come up with its observation, describing it as government antics not to allow labour have details contained in the report.

He explained that the non-payment of salaries to a large number of workers, pensioners over the las 14 months had destroyed the civil service and the workforce of the state.

 

Workers Day: Cross River Workers Gets Salary Surprise

Cross River State workers yesterday evening received a surprise gift to celebrate workers days when they received alerts of the payment of their salaries for the month of May.

This is coming a day earlier than last year when the state Governor, Senator Ben Ayade, ordered payment of May salary on the first day of May. Ayade has made salary payment one of his administration’s cardinal objectives with workers getting paid early every month.

The payment of salaries for the month of May is coming barely a week after the payment of salaries for the month of April in the state.

It would be recalled that during the celebration of Workers’ Day last year, the ceremony became frenzied as shouts of “alerts” rent the air once workers began to receive bank alerts regarding the payment of their salary for the month which was just beginning.

However, the governor appears to have trumped that record this year by paying May salary on the last day of April.

It is not known how the workers will receive this latest gesture from the governor. Workers in the state have often complained of getting paid too early in the month since Ayade assumed office in 2015.

Reacting to the complaint at an event recently, Governor Ayade joked that getting paid early is a good problem for the workers to have.

He said he feels challenged only when he is able to pay salaries in the second week of every month.

Amosun Is Trying To Use Thugs To Intimidate Us – Striking Workers

Striking workers in Ogun State have alleged that thugs suspected to be loyal to Governor Ibikunle Amosun beat up public servants and labour union leaders in the state.

One of those affected, who pleaded anonymity, said, “The thugs came in a Toyota Camry and some others came on motorcycles; they descended on union leaders and some of us who had gathered at the secretariat, beating us blue, black.

“The thugs covered the number plate of the car, in order to shield the identity of the owner from being traced. This is sad.”

Another worker said, “They attacked our members at Laderin Estate, Kuto Roundabout and Oke Ilewo.”

The state NLC chairman, Akeem Ambali, who confirmed the attack on workers and labour leaders, said “This is the first time in the history of this state that workers will be attacked by the agents of the state. We have heard that some people have hired some thugs to attack us. But we thought it was all a rumour. But we were shocked this morning when some thugs came in a black Toyota Camry with number plate LND 555 BD to the place where the labour leaders were standing at Kuto roundabout.

“They attacked our members at Kuto, Oke Ilewo and Laderin Housing Estate.

“They beat up two labour leaders, Comrade Benco and Comrade Olayemi, among others.

“The NLC office has been sealed off by 30 armed men, but I have gathered that two cultists have been trailing me.

“My life is not safe and I have gone underground. My life is not safe with this government.”

Punch newspapers

Ondo Workers To Begin Indefinite Strike Action Over Non-Payment Of Salaries

Civil servants in Ondo State will embark on an indefinite strike on Wednesday following the inability of the state government to pay their salaries for five months.

The leadership of the organised labour in the state are currently holding an emergency meeting over the plan.

Meanwhile, workers in the state have been directed to stay at home and hospitals are to be shut down.

It is not yet clear what would be the fate of pupils, who are taking the Senior School Certificate’s Examination.

Dickson Blames Predecessors For Non-Payment Of Pensioners

The Governor of Bayelsa state, Mr. Seriake Dickson, Tuesday, blamed the inability of his government to pay pensioners their monthly entitlements on his predecessors.

The governor in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Mr. Daniel Iworiso-Markson, spoke in Yenagoa when he constituted the state and local government pension boards.

Pensioners are owed about nine months of unpaid arrears in the state.

Dickson said: “The government inherited a liability of about N6billion; we then worked out a mechanism where we set aside N500million for monthly payment until the last 8 months that the state allocation from the federation account started dropping.

“For about eight months the pensioners have not been paid and that is very touching because for four years, we did not fail to pay pensioners until the last eight months.

“Now for this old men and women are on account of the failure of the leadership of the past, we are now unable to meet our obligations to them.

“We want to use this opportunity to ask for understanding, for people who gave their all for years in the service of the state. We appreciate their service to the state and we will leave no stone unturned to ensure that they begin to get their pension every month.”

But Dickson charged the new boards to make concerted efforts at ensuring the physical verification of all pensioners.

He gave them an assurance that payment of those identified will commence with immediate effect and lamented the untold hardship of pensioners in the last eight months.

The state pensions’ board is to be headed by Mrs. Jane Alek, while Sir Frazer Okuoru, is to chair the LG pensions’ board.

While Owie Biate Igoni will serve as Secretary of the State Pensions Board; Nathan Ayibakeme, Mr. Leader Tamatimigha, Dr. Martha Akpana and HRH Darius Job are to serve as directors, with 1: ex-officio members.

The local LG pensions’ board has Mr. Mathias Otuogha as Secretary and six other members.

The governor said he was determined Dickson to completely eradicate payroll fraud in the state and charged both boards to swing into action immediately.

He advised members of the boards to collaborate with the various ministries, departments, agencies and parastatals to ensure that the names of dead pensioners and persons who above 70 years and above are detected and expunged from the payrolls of the government.

He said: “This board has a number of experienced people, who can give advice and guidance, and I call for collaboration among those on the board and the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to identify all those who are dead and are still on the payroll of the government, and those over 70-80 years still collecting salaries.

“I charge you all to ensure that all those who are going to be paid are verified. You have to verify each and every one of them, interact with them, go to them if they are too weak to come, take their photographs, very their age and particulars.”

The Nation

Osun 2016 Budget Guarantees Payment Of Workers’ Salaries — Assembly

The Osun House of Assembly has assured civil servants in the state that the 2016 budget would ensure full payment of their salaries.

The Speaker of the House, Mr Najeem Salaam, gave the assurance in Osogbo during an interactive session on the appropriation bill.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that civil servants on Grade Level 8 and above had been receiving half of their salaries since last year.

Salaam, however, said the capturing of the full payment of workers’ salaries in the budget was an indication that the government was working hard to ensure that civil servants were adequately paid.

He urged civil servants to work hard and play their roles, especially in generating revenue with a view to making the budget achieve its goals.

“It is important for civil servants to work hard; let us all block leakages so that we can have enough fund to carry out our obligations, including payment of full salaries of workers,’’ he said.

Earlier, Mr Kamil Oyedele, the House Committee Chairman on Finance and Appropriation, had said the budget was moderate, simple and realistic.

Oyedele said the budget focused on initiatives that would boost the resources of the state.

NAN reports that Gov. Rauf Aregbesola had on Dec. 10, 2015, presented a budget proposal of N150 billion to the assembly.

But Aregbesola in a letter to the assembly and read at plenary on April 11 sought for the downward review of the budget to N137.9 billion due to the poor economic situation.

Full Text Of State Of Osun Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s 2016 Workers Day Speech

It gives me great pleasure to be at this great occasion on this special day set aside globally to celebrate workers and commemorate the origin of the struggle for better working condition for workers.

From the first man created by God or post cave dwellers transition (for social evolutionists). It is work that has brought the phenomenal progress in human society.

The most important agent of development is humans. Cities are built by the aggregate of human efforts committed to it within a period of time.

Even the most sophisticated machines are useless without humans to operate them.We are still waiting for the first machine capable of its own intelligence,beyond what its makers programmed it to do and it appears we have a long waiting to do.

We are particularly grateful for the fiercely loyal,dedicated,hardworking,industrious and God-fearing workers we have in Osun.We owe the success recorded by our administration to them.Last time i checked, 884km of road projects have been completed across the state by our administration and we are still ocunitng.We owe this to the workers.We are building new schools and rehabilitating existing ones.So far, 18 brand new state of the art schools have been completed and have been put to use,this is because workers want this program me to succeed. We have engaged more than 40,000 youths in public works and given them soft landing in various vocations,in an unprecedented move that wiped off unemployment and crashed crime rate in Osun.

It is because workers believe in it and are committed to its success.We engage in O`this and O`that in the bid to empower our people and create wealth in our land.It is because workers are at the forefront.I can go on till infinitum but there is no doubt that without workers,no administration can succeed in doing anything.

Our workers have also demonstrated unsurpassed understanding and forbearance in the face of the challenges we are going through.I will be eternally grateful to them.However ,i want us to always keep in mind how we got to this sorry pass.

We were told by the last regime that 400,000bbls of crude oil were being stolen daily. This will amount to N5.78trillion if a barrel sells for $100 and $1 exchanges for N200. If this has been remitted to the federation account, you can imagine what would have accrued to Osun. If we receive in excess of N4Billion each time N1trillion is disbursed.You will note that the dumping of 400k barrels at giveaway prices into the black market is partly responsible for the glut in the oil market.

Then ,of course we have been regaled with incredible and heart wrenching tales of how trillions of naira had been taken from source and shared by the functionaries of that government and its party leaders in what amounts to a declaration of war against Nigeria that subsequently brought about the precipitous crash in price,further compounding our financial woes.

The cumulative effect of this is the challenges the Federal Government and 27 states of the Federation have in fulfilling their monthly obligations to workers,necessitating a bailout.

I want to also assure you,contrary to the insinuation being made by our traducers who claimed we diverted the bailout funds,that nothing of such happened.This is the concoction of a mischievous opposition and their media conspirators.

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) never indicted us.Other media agencies reported the ICPC accurately that the data it published on disbursement of bailout funds by states was at October last year and this was given to them by us.How could we have indicted ourselves.

I am happy that ICPC has cleared the air.The anti-corruption body has written to us affirming again that the information it gave out covered only October 2015,saying that it never indicted us since no evidence exists that we applied funds to any other matter outside of workers salaries.

I must also let you know that there is no way we could have diverted the funds knowing that it was not sufficient enough our needs in the first place.

Although the bail out helped a great deal in clearing the arrears of salaries and pensions up till January this year and of course without the understanding and cooperation of Labour,it could not have sufficed for our needs before then and now.

We demanded for N64.3Billion to cover outstanding salaries,pensions and gratuities up till June 2015 for the state workers and N23.8Billion to cover the salaries,pension and gratuities for local government workers for the same period.However, we got N25.8Billion for state and N9.1Billion for local government totaling N34.9Billion.

So we can all see that this is a far cry from what we asked for.We got this far only because of exceptional financial engineering,extreme prudence and commendable cooperation of Labor. For this also,we will be eternally grateful.

I want to assure you all that the worst is over and we shall be out of the woods very soon,sooner than expected.We have had very fruitful meetings with President Buhari who has been very concerned and has given us his assurance of every assistance we need in our immediate ,middle and long term plans.

We have therefore decided to dedicate this road to workers and has renamed it workers drive.

In thanking and saluting the workers,i want to remind you also that wealth creation is the antidote to poverty.Our wealth is the sum of our productivity.We should all strive to be productive,more than ever before.

Workers in particular must measure their productivity by how they have fulfilled the objectives of their different agencies and how they have collectively realized the raison dètre of the government.This must be in clearly definable concrete terms.

All our youths and able bodied adults looking for jobs must find something productive doing.The workers who want to supplement their income should be engaged in agriculture in particular since this is an area where we have comparative advantage.

We have provided various incentives for agriculture which the people should take advantage of and return to the farms.I congratulate all workers today and wish you all a fruitful and happy celebration.

“Workers Are The Lifeblood Of Every Nation” – @SpeakerDogara

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, has assured Nigerian workers of the commitment of the House to workers’ welfare. In a statement issued by his spokesman, Mr. Turaki Hassan, Dogara, maintained that improvement in the condition of workers is critical to the change agenda of the present administration.

“The International Workers’ Day was borne out of the struggle for improved workers’ rights and better working conditions”, he said.

Speaking further, the Speaker drew attention to the ongoing review of obsolete and outdated laws by the House, many of which he said “would, when amended, make life easier for people who engage in productive activities across the country.”

“Workers are the lifeblood of every nation and a well trained and motivated workforce is vital to our goal of a vibrant, strong, productive and efficient economy. A modern, knowledgeable and effective workforce is at the heart of the legislative agenda of the 8th House of Representatives “

“Today, we honour those silent heroes who brave tough conditions to deliver their best; from our teachers to our doctors to our civil servants, to our farmers, to our self employed youths and women, who eke out a living despite harsh economic conditions. For their sake, we shall do all in our power and employ the necessary legislative tools to make a difference in their lives.”

Dogara also spoke about unemployment, saying that: “Unemployment remains one of greatest threats to both our security and progress. It is said that an idle mind is the devil’s workshop. We hope that the 2016 Budget will be faithfully implemented to kickstart the process of national renewal, and we will ensure that quality job creation is at the centre of any government contracts and international agreements. We must invest in the training and retraining of our workers to be the best and to have the necessary tools to compete anywhere in the world.”

The Speaker congratulated the Nigerian Labour Congress and other Labour Unions and labour leaders for their sacrifices, maturity, partnership and understanding they have exhibited in the conduct of Labour relations in Nigeria and wished them happy labour day celebrations.

Video: Workers Jubilate As Aregbesola Attends May Day Rally In Osogbo

Workers in the state of Osun Sunday afternoon, went into wild jubilation at the sight of governor of the state, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola who attended the annual May Day rally to mark workers day in Osogbo, the state capital.

Watch video of Ogbeni’s grand entry into venue of the rally in a tweet shared by Dr. Ajibola Basiru who was at the venue of the event below:

Though many in the social media has continually vilified the government of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, however, checks by this newspaper revealed that majority of those in the state are happy with his government.

The governor during the May Day rally thanked the workers for their support and steadfastness during Osun’s trying times. He stated that with the government’s drive to increase it internally generated revenue, the state will sooon in no time start meeting its monthly financial obligations.