The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, has described as inappropriate and unacceptable, governors’ use Paris Club refund as a requirement to pay workers’ salaries in their states.
In a statement through its General Secretary, Dr. Peter Ozon-Eson, NLC demanded that governors who have not utilized 50 per cent of earlier refund to pay salaries and pensions as arranged, must not be allocated another refund until they fulfill the commitment made on the 50 per cent earlier refunded.
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Ozon-Eson said, “Paris Club refund money belongs to state governors but to use it as precondition for salary payment is inappropriate and unacceptable to us.
’We know that with or without the refund, the governors have money to pay. When the earlier refund was made, there was a commitment that they were going to use 50 per cent of the refund to pay salaries and pensions.
‘’Those of them (governors) who did not comply with the agreement have no right to demand for another refund. They must first comply with the agreement or commitment reached on the earlier refund before they can enjoy another refund,’’ NLC stated.