Civil servants in Benue State have threatened to shut down the state if Governor Gabriel Suswam does not pay the outstanding salaries and desist from carrying out the on-going deductions from their salaries.
The workers who gathered under the aegis of Benue Aggrieved Workers, yesterday in a press statement signed by the leader of the group, Barr Uhundu A. Emmanuel , and made available to our reporter, also called on the state leadership of the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, to resign and give way to a new leadership for the union.
According to the statement, NLC in the state has been operating without a leadership as her chairman, Comrade Simon Anchaver had since resigned to contest for governorship under the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, even as they accused him of failing the union.
“We today wish to let the world know that the NLC, under the ailing leadership of Comrade Simon Anchaver, has failed and lacks the powers to talk or negotiate for Benue workers even as he has long ceased being a member of the union.
“This decision by well-meaning Benue is premised on the reason that the Comr. Anchaver- led NLC has lost focus and credibility as by constitution he is not supposed to be part of the state executive council, having resigned to contest for governorship of the state; his first vice chairman and a host of others have left the services of the government, while one has been lost to death. Thus, we declare a leadership vacuum,” it read in part.
While demanding that the Anchaver led Exco should resign in seven days, it also gave the same time frame for the government to meet their demands of up- to- date payment, payment of agreed minimum rate to all workers in the state as well as desist from all arbitrary deductions, failure which will lead to mass protest by the workers.
“We hereby also demand immediate resignation of the corrupt regime left behind by Simon Anchaver to make way for a proper and people oriented union; and that the state government should desist from further deductions from hard earned workers’ salaries forthwith.
“That workers’ salaries are our rights and not favours and so to this end we demand that salaries be paid and paid at the agreed 18% minimum wage to all Benue workers irrespective of cadre.
“We further state that we the aggrieved Benue workers on failure by the government and Anchaver’s demonic gang to heed to our above demands within seven days, the Benue workers shall not only embark on a Peoples Industrial action but also take to the streets to let our grievances known,” it threatened.

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