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TUC Asks FG To Pay N35,000 Wage Award

Osifo said workers had only received a one-month payment that was meant for September.


TUC president Festus Osifo during a labour rally

 

The Trade Union Congress (TUC), on Tuesday, urged the Federal Government to pay all federal civil servants their ₦35,000 wage award immediately as agreed during a meeting that was held following the removal of fuel subsidy

Briefing journalists in Abuja after the congress’ emergency National Executive Council meeting, the TUC President, Festus Osifo, said workers had only received a one-month payment that was meant for September, adding that only a few workers had been paid for the second time.

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He also advised all the 36 state governors and the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, to “tighten their belt in assuaging the plight of workers” following the removal of fuel subsidy to avoid a fresh crisis in the country.

The TUC leadership also expressed concern about Nigeria’s escalating debt profile, urging the Federal government to promptly reduce borrowing.

The TUC also cautioned against the potential risks associated with a recent memo from the Office of the Head of Service proposing a two-year tenure for labour leaders.

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Osifo said that the current debt-to-income ratio is narrowing, posing a potential threat of increased hardships for the masses. He believes that failure to promptly address the issues raised by Congress could lead to industrial disharmony in the country.

Nigeria’s total public debt hit N87.38tn at the end of the second quarter of 2023. The figure represents an increase of 75.29 percent or N37.53tn compared to N49.85tn recorded at the end of March 2023, according to the Debt Management Office (DMO).