By Gift Olivia Samuel, The Sight News
The Nigerian Labour Congress(NLC), has raised alarm over the inhumane treatment meted out to workers by the Nigerian government, especially in regards to non-payment of salaries by various State Governments despite several bailout funds from the federal government.
The NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba who made this known on Thursday in Abuja, when he received a delegation of the International Labour Organization(ILO),in his office, expressed some of the Congress’ concerns as it affects the rights of workers in the country.
He also told the ILO delegation that lack of constitution of the National Labour Advisory Council, has made the process of reviewing the existing labour laws difficult, adding that the existing laws available are now obsolete.
Wabba also spoke on the issues surrounding the assassination of the chairman of the NASU, Kogi chapter, who was allegedly murdered for his involvement in the Non Academic Staff Union strike in that State last year.
He wondered that up till now no culprit has been arrested, and no investigation done by the relevant security agencies, while the government had continued to deny being responsible for the killing.
Furthermore, Wabba raised alarm over the 38,000 sacked Kaduna State workers, stressing that none of them have been paid their severance benefits till date.
Earlier, the specialist in Workers’ Activism in ILO’s office in Nigeria, Ghana and Sierra Leone , David Dorkenoo, said the visit was warranted by the need for its team to interact with labour leaders, in order to be intimated on various key issues affecting labour in Nigeria.
He also pointed out that the ILO team had been in the country for about three days training relevant government agencies as well as other labour stakeholders on international labour best practices.