BY Victor Ahiuma-Young
ABUJA— FOLLOWING the recent refund of Paris debt deductions, the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, yesterday, directed state councils nationwide to monitor the amount received by their states and engage their governments to ensure that a substantial part of the funds was used to offset outstanding arrears of salaries, pensions and gratuity.
NLC in a statement by its General Secretary, Dr. Peter Ozo-Eson, said congress had been informed that the Federal Government’s guideline in releasing the funds, stipulated that at least 50 percent of receipts should be used for payment of salary arrears and pensions.
According to the statement, “it has come to our notice that disbursement of the refund of Paris debt deductions has recently been made to states. This represents a major injection of funds into the coffers of the state governments.
“Given this development, all state councils of the congress are enjoined to monitor closely the amount received in their states and engage with their state governments to ensure that the substantial part of the funds is used for defraying outstanding arrears of salaries and pensions and gratuity.
“We are informed that the Federal Government guideline in releasing these funds stipulates that at least 50 percent of receipts should be applied for payment of such salary arrears and pensions.
‘’You are, therefore, expected to follow up with your state government to ensure compliance. Please keep the national secretariat informed of your efforts and outcomes.”