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NLC urges Kano Govt to pay N75bn pension arears

The Nigerian Labor Congress (NLC) has urged Kano government agencies to pay over N75 billion backlog of unremitted pension contributions.

The Chairman of NLC, Kabiru Inuwa made the call during the 2024 Workers’ Day celebrations on Wednesday in Kano.

Inuwa lamented that the issue of the backlog of unremitted pension contributions by some organizations was alarming, with a staggering accumulation of over N75 billion as of May 2023.

According to him, this poses a serious threat to the financial security of retirees.

“The non remittance led to deductions of pension thus non payment of full pension for years.

“While we commend the present administration for commencing full payment of pension, we demand that all defaulting government institutions shall commence paying the back log to enable settlement of retirement and death benefit.

“We are sure if elaborative analysis of the backlog is done and a strategy to recoup the money is put in place, the accrued benefits could be settled within a few years,” he explained.

The chairman also called on the state government to resume the payment of wage award that was only paid.

“Workers rely on these awards to improve their standard of living, and a consistent payment schedule shall be established to ensure their welfare is safeguarded,” he said.

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The labour leader further urged the state government to constitute the governing board of the state contributory scheme as stipulated in the law is crucial for effective management.

Inuwa also appealed to the state government to grant the much sought local government autonomy as it was crucial to the development of the state.

“It’s pertinent to solicit the support of the Kano State Ggovernment in partnering with the agitators to make local government autonomy a reality.

“We are also calling on the state government to re-introduce institution-based disbursement of vehicle loans and its upward review is essential to meet the evolving needs of workers,” he said.

The chairman, who congratulated Nigerian workers, urged them to renew their commitment to the ideals of justice, fairness, and solidarity that were at the heart of the labour movement.

In a remark, Gov. Abba Kabir-Yusuf restated the state government’s commitment to improve workers welfare and provide an enabling working environment.

Represented by his Deputy, Alhaji Aminu Abdussalam, the governor described the theme “People First” ,as apt, saying that his administration was committed to workers’ welfare and the overall development of the state.

Kabir-Yusuf also pledged prompt payment of civil servants salaries and pension to retirees as promised since the inception of his administration .

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According to him, the state government has resumed the regular promotion of civil servants.

On housing deficit, the governor said that arrangements were on top gear with the stakeholders to provide affordable houses to workers in the state.

He appealed to the labour union to render maximum support for the state government to achieve its goals.(NAN)

Muhammad Nur Tijani
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