Mr. Bobboi Bala Kaigama, the Trade Union Congress President, has reportedly described the act of some governors who owe workers’ salaries running to eight months as shear wickedness.
He accusingly declared that some of the governors who were in this category of being guilty of looting their states’ treasury.
During the 3rd Quadrennial Delegates Conference organised by the association on Wednesday, Kaigama said many governors were owing workers’ salaries and yet they were moving freely as if nothing was happening.
In an interview with journalists in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, he said this.
Answering question on the issue of non-payment of workers’ salaries by many states governments, he said,
“Many of our governors are guilty of massive looting of the treasury, thereby causing miseries in the process.
There is no excuse that can be given to justify owing workers’ salaries for eight or nine months.
This is nothing but sheer wickedness; to pillage the treasury and leave workers to go home for months without salaries.”
He noted that the welfare of workers should be paramount to both the states and federal governments for the nation to achieve meaningful development.
Speaking, he said “We in the association believe very strongly that time has come for our dear country to develop a new economic model that will take into consideration the variables that are relevant and consistent to the Nigerian situation,”
Kaigama, who apparently is also the President of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, has at the same time urged the Federal Government to discontinue the practice of appointing permanent secretaries into ministries or parastatals from outside the civil service, especially those who were more than 60 years of age.
He thus went further to demand that the Federal Government should start the process of paying workers at the federal level all their entitlements.