okonjo-iwealaThere are strong indications
that workers in 23 states may
start an indefinite strike during
the week over unpaid salaries.
The General Secretary of the
NLC, Dr. Peter Ozo-Eson, had
on Friday said that the congress
had sent its task force team to
various geo-political zones of
the country.
According to him, the strike
has started in Plateau State,
adding that a similar exercise
will begin in Cross River State
and others tomorrow.
The National Administrative
Council of the Nigeria Labour
Congress had, on March 19,
2015, set up a task force to
pursue payment of salary
arrears owed workers by some
state governments.
The report of the task force,
which was exclusively obtained
by Nigerian Pilot Sunday,
showed that 23 states are owing
salaries and pensions.
Ozo-Eson told Nigerian Pilot
Sunday that the NLC had sent
its task forces to the affected
states and directed those who
were being owed to begin strike.
He said, “The various Task
Forces are working. Plateau is on
strike, Cross Rivers is going on
Monday; the various task forces
are working.
“A team is leaving for Benue
to commence action; they are
now free to commence action
and we are supporting them.”
The report of the Task Force
of the NLC revealed that while
some of the states had paid
salaries of workers up to date,
they owed arrears of pensions
running into months.
The states owing salaries
or pensions are Abia, Akwa
Ibom, Bauchi, Benue, Cross
River, Ekiti, Imo, Jigawa, Kano,
Katsina, and Kogi.
Others are Ogun, Ondo,
Osun, Oyo, Plateau, Rivers and
Zamfara states.
However, a look at the
report reveals that Adamawa,
Anambra, Bayelsa, Borno,
Delta, Edo, the FCT, Gombe,
Kaduna, Kwara, Lagos,
Nasarawa, Niger, Sokoto and
Taraba are not indebted to their
The report stated that Abia
State had not paid salaries of
workers of the State Teaching
Hospital for nine months.
The state is also said to be
owing workers of the Hospital
Management Board eight
months’ salary; Abia State
Universal Basic Education
Board, six months; Abia State
Polytechnic, five months; local
government workers, four
months; and teachers, three
months’ salary arrears.
It was stated that while Enugu
State had paid salaries of civil
servants up to date, parastatals
were owed 12 months’ salaries
and pension and gratuity
remain unpaid since 2010.
Others states owing are Osun
State with six months’ salary
and pension arrears; Plateau
with six months salaries and
seven months pension; Benue
with five months salaries and
four months pension arrears;
Kogi with four months of
pension and salary arrears; and
Oyo which owes three months
salaries and between five and
11 months of pension arrears.
Also among the states which
are likely to owe salaries and
pension of workers into the
incoming administration on
May 29 are Ekiti with three
months of unpaid salaries.
Jigawa is owing judiciary
workers a month salary arrears
in 2015.
Ondo owes one month salary
and pension, while Ogun is
owing one month salary and 52
months of unremitted pension
deductions to the Pension Fund
Although Zamfara State has
paid workers’ salaries up to
date, the salaries of workers
who were recruited in 2014
have not been paid.
The NLC Task Force also
stated that Rivers State owes
one month of workers’ salaries
and three months of pension
while Kano is yet to pay newly
employed teachers for three
However, the Task Force
report was silent on the status of
Yobe and Ebonyi on the ground
that there was no information
on them so far

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