By Victor Ahiuma-Young
KADUNA â€” NATIONAL Union of Textile, Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria, NUTGTWN, weekend, called on the Northern state governors to pay workers of closed Kaduna Textile Limited, KTL, their N687,073,346.00 unpaid benefits without further delay.
The union in a statement also challenged Northern governors to emulate Governor Namadi Sambo of Kaduna State in his effort at promoting non-oil sector in the state and commended him for his moves at resuscitating closed industries in the state.
A statement by its General Secretary, Comrade Issa Aremu, said: â€œNUTGTWN wishes to express its support and solidarity to the commendable effort of the Kaduna State government aimed at resuscitating the ailing industries and attracting new investments in the state.
“Governor Namadi Sambo has recorded a giant stride in promoting non-oil sector through the ongoing effort to revive textile and manufacturing sector in general.
“We commend the initiative of the Governor in setting up a Special Committee for the Revival of Textiles and Cotton Industries in Kaduna State and the unprecedented partnership between the state and the Federal Government to address critical issues of financing, power supply, water with a view to reinventing Kaduna as an industrial development centre.
“The Union is indeed appreciative of this bold steps being taken by Governor Sambo and urged other Northern Governors to emulate him.
“We must, however, point out that beyond the commendable effort to reopen closed industries, Kaduna Textile Limited, KTL, workers deserve their legitimate gratuities and other benefits.
“Kaduna Textiles Limited, KTL, is owned by the 19 Northern states government. The company unilaterally closed down its operation since May 1, 2002 without settlement of workers benefits and other entitlements. The gratuities and benefits of the workers amounting to N687,073,346.00 as computed and agreed to by both the union and management.”