Benue state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) have rejected Governor Samuel Ortom’s appeal against a one-week warning strike.
Labour, in a communique jointly signed by the NLC Chairman, Godwin Anya and his TUC counterpart, Ordue Tartenger, said the governor’s appeal was unacceptable.
His appeal is predicated on the prevailing economic situation, but the state has not stopped receiving statutory allocations from the federation account. This is besides Internally Generated Revenue and other revenue receipts from the federal government.
He appealed for understanding without any offer; other allocations from the federal government and other revenue sources are still available to government.
Supplementary support keeps coming from the Federal Government under various subheads – bailout, stabilization, Paris Club refunds, among others.
The unions, therefore, declared Tuesday, September 5 – Wednesday, September 13 for the strike, and advised government to implement the state of emergency it declared on payment of salaries, gratuities and pensions.topics from