The Nigeria Labour Congress has expressed concern over the non payment of salaries and pensions to workers in Ondo and Ekiti states.
In two separate letters to Governors Olusegun Mimiko and Ayodele Fayose, the labour union urged them to pay so as to stop the on-going strike by the workers.
The NLC said the present socio-economic challenge in the country is not acceptable as reason for not paying five months salaries and pensions.
The President of NLC, Ayuba Wabba said that the non payment of workers salries and pensions could constitute danger to their families.
He urged the governors to resolve the issue amicably with the workers instead of allowing the strike to linger.
However in a swift reaction, the Ondo State Commissioner for Information, Mr. Kayode Akinmade attributed the inabilitiy of the government to pay to the current situuation of the country's economy and structure.
He called on the NLC to call the Fedederal Government to order in a way it has structured the country now, which to him has created a big challenge for state governments to pay salaries.
Speaking further, Waba said, “Your Excellency, we are not unaware of the present socio-economic challenges in the country. However, in our estimation, this should not be an acceptable reason for not paying five months salaries and pensions at the level of the state, and four months’ salaries and pensions at the level of local government and teachers.
“Sir, you do not need a lecture from anyone to know that non-payment of salaries and pensions for months on end, constitutes a crime against the workers, pensioners and their families whose lives and obligation to man and God and their sense of self-worth have been put in jeopardy.
“As one with activist background and one with whom we have had collaboration, these issues are clear and self-evident, and therefore need no belabouring.”