National Union of Textile Garment Workers of Nigeria, NUTGWN, has lauded Kaduna State governor, Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai, for forfeiting 50 percent of his salaries, saying prohibitive tax-free pay of political office holders against miserable pay of public civil servants was a major problem of governance in Nigeria.
The textile workers union in a statement issued by its secretary general, Comrade Issa Aremu, called on other political office holders at all levels to emulate Governor el-Rufai and his deputy, by offering leadership by sacrifice instead of giving excuses for non-payment of workers’ salaries.
According to the statement, Governor El-Rufai and his deputy have shown that if there is the will there will be ways to offer good governance.
“On behalf of the National Executive Council, NEC of the union and the generality of our members, we congratulate the Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Ahmad Nasir El-Rufai on his successful swearing in as the 22nd Governor of Kaduna State on Friday May 29, 2015.
“We are particularly encouraged by the determination and commitment of Governor El-Rufai and his Deputy, Mr. Barnabas Bala Bantex to lead by example by sacrificing 50 percent of their salaries and allowances until the fiscal situation of the State improves.
“The crisis of compensation in Nigeria is made worse by the unacceptable gap between the prohibitive tax- free pay of legislators, governors and political office holders on one hand and miserable pay of public civil servants.
“Nigeria workers are among the least paid in the world based on either national currency or purchasing power parity, which adjusts the national currency wages for the differential cost of living of the relevant nations.
“We therefore call on other political office holders at all levels to emulate Governor El-Rufai and his deputy by offering Leadership by sacrifices instead of giving excuses for non-payment of workers’ salaries,” the statement reads.


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