Enraged Nasarawa workers blockade Emmanuel Akabe’s column
Injured workers from the Home District in Nasarawa State protested Friday over the failure to pay their two-month wages and the alleged disappearance of $ 20 million deducted from their wages under the Federal Housing Mortgage Program.
The Daily Trust found that outraged workers blocked the convoy of Deputy Governor Dr. Emmanuel Aqabe, a native of the House.
Aqabe, along with a concerned Prime Minister, Mr. Rabo Sani, met with workers to plead with them to remain calm.
They told the workers that the state government was doing everything it could to remedy their situation, but the protesting workers would ignore their request by barricading the road.
Our correspondent reports that the checkpoint started on Monday this week when they made a “special prayer” in the middle of the road.
The prime minister blamed his predecessors for the council’s inability to pay workers, arguing that the illegal employment of civil servants only made matters worse.
According to him, “I have not hired a single civil servant, but my predecessors made the mistake of hiring more than 500 civil servants.”
However, he said that the reason for the protest was the lack of funds to pay wages to workers, pointing out that this is a problem at the state level.
As for the Federal Fund for Missing Mortgage Homes, it denied rumors, adding that local authorities had borrowed money to pay workers’ wages.
“There is no shortage of money from the Federal Housing Mortgage Fund, rather we borrowed money to pay employees’ salaries, saying that all Union leaders were aware of the deal,” he said.
“Basically, what I’m saying is that before we got to that, there was consultation and agreement.”
He said that the state’s 13 local government councils needed N 2.1 billion to pay their employees for two months.
At the time of writing this report, it was not possible to contact the President of the Nigerian Labor Congress in local government, Mr. Baba Ali, for the comment.
Source: – Daily Trust