NLC, TUC, picket BoA, AEDC over unpaid salaries, blackout in Niger
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in conjunction with the Trade Union Congress (TUC), on Tuesday, picketed the headquarters of the Bank of Agriculture (BoA) in Minna, Niger State capital over alleged non-payment of salaries of civil servants.
The two Unions also blocked the entrance of the Niger State’s Regional office of Abuja Electricity Company (AEDC), over poor services to the people of the state.
The state chairman of NLC, Comrade Yakubu Garba and his TUC counterpart, Comrade Tenimu Yunisa led their members to picket the two organizations during the occasion of the World Day for Decent Work celebration.
Tribune Online gathered that members of the Unions blocked the entrance to the two offices as early as 7:am, preventing staffs from accessing the premises.
Speaking with newsmen at the gate of BoA, along 123 Quarters, off old Airport road, Minna, Comrade Garba expressed dissatisfaction over the delay in payment of salaries of civil servants who maintain a salary account with the bank.
According to him, the affected employees allegedly could not access their salaries since March this year, “despite the fact that the state government had sent the salaries for onward payment to the state civil servants.”
He said the unions was giving the management of the bank 24 hours within which to remedy the situation failure which members will occupy the facility indefinitely.
Also speaking, TUC chairman condemned AEDC for poor electricity supply to the state, while warning that the unions will take drastic action if the situation did not improve.
He decried the rising insecurity, poor welfare for civil servants, deplorable conditions of roads, poor medical services and lack of portable water across the country, while declaring that the Organized Labour unions would continue to picket institutions that failed to deliver on their mandate.