By: Muktar Yahaya Shehu
The Nigeria Labour Congress NLC Kano state Council says its attention have been drawn to the recent approval granted to the Kano State Government by the state House of Assembly to secure a loan of 10BN to provide CCTV Camera for the purpose of improving security in the state.
In a statement signed by council chairman Comrade Kabiru Ado Minjibir said while the Congress is not in any way against improving the security of lives and properties of it’s citizens which is one of the sole responsibilities of the state Government, “we are of the opinion that, in the face of over 27BN Outstanding retirees benefits, such a step amount to robbing Peter to pay Paul”.
It said the Congress acknowledge the giant strides by the Government in the providing security to the citizens, we wish to argue that providing CCTV in the name of improving security is curative, while payment of gratuity and other retirees benefits is preventive, taking into consideration the multiplier effects.
“Thought, the Congress is not unaware that, the liability was inherited by the incumbent Government from the previous administration since the Commencement of the Contributory pension in 2007 largely due to non – remittance of 17% Monthly contributions by some agencies of Government , it’s time for the incumbent administration to do the right thing in order to make a difference in the spirit of Change mantra.
“Indeed, pensioners and workers of Kano State will never forget any administration that settle this menace once and for all”. “It is based on the aforementioned that we wish to appeal to His Excellency the Executive Governor to make a case to the state House of Assembly for their assent to secure another loan to settle the outstanding Gratuity and other retirees benefits in the best interest of justice and humanitarian consideration”. “In fact, what is good for the goose is also good for the gander”.