By Emeka MAMAH
KADUNA:The 19 northern governors have expressed concern over the operational difficulties being faced by the Unity Bank Plc., the Kaduna Textiles, the New Nigerian NewspapersÂ (NNN)Â and the New Nigeria Development Company (NDDC).
Chairman of Northern Governorsâ€™ Forum, Dr. Muazu Aliyu Babangida who made this known in Kaduna yesterday however said that the governors will ensure that the affected companies will continue to contribute to the growth of the region
â€œWe are very much concerned with the condition of these companies and we would ensure that they continue to make meaninful impact on the socio-economic lives of the people of the northern states and Nigeria at large.
â€œWe are particularly worried with the state of our textile industries which, hitherto, contributed significantly to the development of the northern economy.
â€œWe believe it is time the Federal Government makes real its textile industry bailout initiatives so that our textile industries get back to business immediatelyâ€, he said.
However, the President and General Secretary of the National Union of Textile Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria, Comrades Reginald Agunana and Comrade Issa Aremu who addressed demonstrating workers of KTL said that the governors were paying lip service to the problems of the textile workers.
They said that apart from Governor Namadi Sambo of Kaduna state, the rest 18 governors were shedding crocodile tears on the non- payment of entitlements to about 5000 workers of KTL who were laid off over 10 years ago saying that it would be wrong for the governors to blame the Federal Government over non-implementation of its bailout programme when they (governors) who are the real owners of the company have not initiated anything at all.