Workers’ Salaries: NLC Wants Special Courts For Defaulters


Members  of the Na
tional Assembly have been called upon to as a matter of urgency come up with a legislation that would make the setting up of a special court possible to try state governors and local government chairmen that cannot pay workers salaries as and when due.
Making the call in Enugu during a solidarity rally in respect of Adamawa and Imo states workers, held at Workers Square Old Secretariat, Enugu, the state chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress NLC, Comrade Virginus  Nwobodo, reasoned that the court when established would also try state governors and local government chairmen that diverted federal allocations meant for their states.
Comrade Nwobodo therefore expressed fears that non-payment of workers salaries if not well handled would derail the nation’s democracy, saying “the earlier workers salaries are paid as and when due , the better for the country”
Expressing sadness over the recent killing of civil servants in Adamawa State, Comrade Nwobodo further said: “We mourn the demise of these helpless civil servants who were pressing for payment of over seven months arrears of salaries owed by insensitive Adamawa State Government. The killing of these poor civil servants is the height of impunity and lawlessness in Nigeria”
“We want to state strongly that Nigerian workers cannot be slaughtered like guinea pigs to satisfy the whims and caprices of the bourgeois lords who ruined the Nigerian economy through covetousness, greed and corruption,” he added.
He also used the occasion to call on the Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okoro to read the Labour law in Nigeria carefully with a view to stopping the imposition of forced labour on Imo State workers.