‘We have been pauperized, nothing to celebrate’ By Victor Ahiuma-Young, Assistant Labour Editor
AS Nigerian workers today join their counterparts across the world to celebrate May Day, gloom, frustration, bitterness, anger, lamentation, and despair are not enough to describe their mood as not more than 10 states have fully paid workers’ salaries and allowances up to date. Investigation by Sunday Vanguard showed that only Edo, Lagos, Delta, Ebonyi, Anambra, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Kano and Enugu states have paid their workers’ salaries and allowances up to April. However, Rivers State has paid March salary and pension up to February, Borno State has paid up to March with the exception of its Hosing Corporation workers, while Ogun State, though paid salary, has neither remitted pension deductions from workers’ salaries for months, and has not paid gratuities since 2012.
Among the indebted states are Ekiti, Kwara, Kaduna, Osun, Plateau, Ondo, Abia, Bayelsa, Oyo, Imo, Kogi and Benue. According to checks, while Ekiti State is owing not less two months salaries, the number of months owed pensioners were not known at the time of this report.
EKITI: According to Rotimi Ojomoyela, from Ado-Ekiti, except the state government clears two out of the four month arrears it owed workers, today’s May Day celebrations will be devoid of the usual fanfare. Workers in the state are being owed four months salaries, while that of pensioners stand at five months..