The Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Plateau chapter, Jibrin Banchir, on Sunday stated Plateau Authorities owed N12 billion as retired employees’ gratuities.
Mr. Banchir informed journalists in Jos that the quantity coated 15 years of arrears.
He, nonetheless, recommended Governor Simon Lalong for clearing the backlog of staff’ salaries.
The labour chief appealed to the governor to additionally pay gratuities of retirees, who had served the state since their youthful days.
“We just lately met with the governor and we informed him that Plateau Authorities is owing over N12 billion gratuity for a interval of 15 years.
“We, subsequently, appealed to the state authorities to discover all doable methods to pay it.
“We’re monitoring the Paris Membership refund, that is the primary tranche, the second, third and fourth tranche will come.
“The Federal Authorities clearly stated that fifty per cent of the Paris Membership refund have to be utilized in servicing staff advantages; salaries, pensions and gratuities.
“We’re achieved with the cost of salaries and pensions, and if we get one other tranche, we should always use it to pay the gratuities,” Mr. Banchir stated.
On depart and transport grants owed staff earlier than consolidation in 2013, the labour chief mentioned that the union was negotiating with the state authorities by means of the workplace of Head of Service.
He expressed optimism that the negotiating staff would tackle the problem for the advantages of staff.
The chairman stated that though employees and pensioners have been nonetheless awaiting fee of different entitlements, they’re completely satisfied salaries and pension arrears have been paid.
“If we glance again on the turbulent occasions we’ve had, now we have no cause to not recognize the federal government.
“It’s the first time, in additional than 15 years, that we’ve obtain December wage in December and we should commend the governor for that,’’ he mentioned.
He recalled that authorities staff had been owed seven month salaries arrears; native authorities owed three months; state pensioners, 9 months and native authorities pensioners, seven months.
He additionally appreciated the governor for selling staff for the primary time in 9 years.
In accordance with him, some employees even obtained double promotions due to the governor’s gesture.
“On behalf of the Plateau staff, we admire the governor in a really particular method and we’ll reciprocate by placing in our easiest in discharging our duties,” he stated.
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