The Nigeria Labor Congress (NLC) in Abia State has accused the administration headed by Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of refusing to look into the daily struggles of civil servants and the enormous backlog of wage arrears owed to state parastals workers.
Chairman of NLC in the state, Comrade Uchenna Obigwe, who made the congress’ position known on Wednesday in Umuahia, also claimed that the Ikpeazu-led administration lied that it had not received the last tranche of Paris Refund Club, whereas the federal government had done so.
Obigwe said, “Whatever policy government make, they has to carry the labour along, so that we will know what they are doing. And the government should not play politics with the stomach of Abia workers.
“Let me tell you, since 1999, all the successive government in Abia had been paying parastastal salaries up to 2015, 2016. If not so, why will the bail out funds be given in 2015. Government was owing Abia State University Teaching Hospital, Aba, about eight to nine months, the government paid it.
“They cannot culminate these arrears and leave it unpaid. We received bail out fund in 2015. We received first and second tranche of Paris fund. NLC was part of the disbursement. That of third tranche and also that of the last tranche, nobody have heard anything about it from government.
“And the information we have is that, the Abia government has received the third and last tranche of the funds. We confirmed this from our national leadership of NLC. If Governor Ikpeazu-led government say it has not received it, let the government put a letter to that effect, and address it to national President of NLC, I will take it to him, and he (President) will reply them.”
Meanwhile, the Abia government had in a statement issued by the State Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, denied receiving the last tranche of the fund.
Part of the statement read,
“We want to state without fear of inconsistency that Abia is one of the few states been unable to receive the Paris Club Refund’s last tranche. The state chairman of the NLC openly stated that he “read online” that such payment has been obtained by the state government is mischievous, bearing in mind that someone in his role is supposed to check data before going public and not depend on some manufactured falsehood in questionable internet outfits.