Over 10,000 workers yet to get July salaries –NIGERIA Labour Congress, (NLC) in Bauchi and the State Government have disagreed over delayed and reduction of salaries of some workers. The State Chairman of NLC, Comrade Danjuma Saleh while addressing journalists during a press conference said the government has seven days to do the needful or Union embark on strike.
Saleh said that the union after a meeting of the State Administrative Council(SAC) of the NLC resolved to draw the attention of the government to indiscriminate payment of workers. He said, some workers were removed from the payroll, cutting of huge portion of some categories of staff allowances for the month of June and July 2020, especially those in the health sector.
According to him, over 10,000 workers could not access their July salaries which the union alleged was an attempt to retrench workers in the state. Meanwhile, responding to the allegation of the unions, the Commissioner for Finance, Alhaji Umaru Sanda Adamu, explained that some salaries were not paid because there were fraudulent act within worker where some are receiving multiple pay.
He said: “Some people have been benefitting from these fraudulent acts and would not want to see it end. We will not deny any worker his or her legitimate salary. Whosoever is collecting salary illegally are the ones complaining and we are trying to block such leakages,” he said. The Commissioner said that the government has only discovered about 300 workers which there are suspicion in their accounts.
He denied the allegation that the state government was trying to reduce the number of workers in the state, instead pointing out that the administration has embarked on sanitizing the payroll and nominal roll of government which has identified certain anomalies. “Salaries of some workers were not paid or were delayed because there were several issues with the payroll and nominal roll,” he said.