By Matthew Denis
The leadership of labour unions in Kwara State have lauded the efforts of Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki and Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed to clear salary arrears of local government workers, pensioners, and staff of State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), among others.
This was contained in a signed yesterday by the Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Yekini Kareem Agunbiade and in a telephone interview with the Trade Union Congress (TUC) Secretary, Comrade Joseph Tunde.
Agunbiade in his statement wrote; “I’m directed by the State Executive Council of the Congress on behalf of workers to appreciate Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed’s led administration for taking the initiative to offset the salary backlog of LGs, pensioners and SUBEB workers.
“Similarly, we want to extend the gesture to the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki for this move to bring relief to our people.
According to the statement the debt profile of the councils ranges between three to seven months while that of SUBEB workers is two months.
The Congress however appealed to the state government to expedite action on the payment to provide succour to the affected workers and pensioners.
Joseph on his part described the plan as a welcome development, adding that, “this is the only way the economy of the state will improve.
He stressed the welfare of the workers should be the priority of any government.