The absence of the Niger state Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello at the Workers Day parade Monday in Minna has been attributed to the fear of being berated by the workers of the state over his reluctance to cancel the Contributory Pension Scheme in the state.
The Chairman of the Nigeria Labor Congress (NLC), Comrade Yahaya Videos Ndako who disclosed this during the Workers Day Celebration at the 1,2,3 Parade Ground in Minna stated that the Organized Union in the state are calling for the total cancellation of the Contributory Pension Scheme and would not accept its implementation.
Addressing the representative of the Governor, the Secretary of State Government, Hon. Ibrahim Isah Ladan and workers of Niger state, the Chairman said that the new Bill sent by the Governor to the House of Assembly seeking to amend the law establishing the contributory pension is unacceptable adding that Labor will no longer allow its retirees to be subjected to untold hardship.
Ndako stated that this latest action of the government is capable of flaring up the anger of both serving and retired workers to an unimaginable proportion whose consequences may be unhealthy to the state.
“We are Nigerlites, we voted for the government in power and we need to enjoy our rights. This new Bill is vehemently rejected by the Organized Labor in Niger state. We are saying this gently so that when we start reacting, it would not be said that hope have started.
“We will fight our cause based on the law of the land. I can say categorically that the Governor and I spoke after a programme in Radio Niger and I told him about our rejection of the new Bill. I am sure that that is what prevented Me. Governor from coming to the parade today.”
Ndako who insisted that they had no problem with the state Governor neither are they enemies of the Governor pointing out that there are sycophants in the Governor’s cabinet who take delight in causing chaos in some sectors in the state.
The NLC Chairman then called on Governor Abubakar Sani Bello to carry out reshufflement of his cabinet due to its numbers of sycophants and unproductive members stating that, “the earlier he reshuffles his cabinet, the better for him.”
He then advised the state government to dedicate the allocation of N200 million from the N400million monthly Internal Generated Revenue (IGR) and set up a Board of Trustee to that effect for its effective and efficient management.
In his speech read by the Secretary of the State Government, Governor Abubakar Sani Bello said that his administration is not unaware of the skepticism and apprehension of the civil servants in the state hence the welfare of worker would be given the required priority.
Ladan stated that the state government will continued to pay its 10.5 per cent and 7.5 per cent of workers in to the Contributory Pension Scheme adding that the Governor believe in dialogue in resolving matters.
However, the workers did not allow him to finish as they interrupted him saying it was unacceptable, shouts of “no no no go and seat down” “we will not accept it” filled the air.
But the SSG continued his speech saying that the state government has paid over N2.6 billion outstanding Pension and gratuities of workers assuring the workers that the payment would continue but in batches.