By Victor Ahiuma-Young
ORGANISED Labour, yesterday, accused members of National Assembly of plot to scuttle fresh bailout by the Federal Government to states to pay accumulated salaries and pensions.
Labour also contended that money being given to states by the Federal Government as bailout was loan that would be repaid.
Speaking through Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, ASCSN, Labour pleaded with the National Assembly to support the effort of the Federal Government to settle all arrears of salaries and pensions owed workers and pensioners in the country through the release of bailout funds to state governments.
ASCSN in a statement by its President, Bobboi Bala Kaigama, and Secretary-General, Alade Bashir Lawal, noted that information reaching its national secretariat indicated that the federal lawmakers were hatching plans to scuttle efforts by the Federal Government to settle arrears of salaries and retirement benefits owed millions of workers and pensioners.
It said: “We wish to emphasize that money being given to state governments by the Federal Government under the bailout arrangement is to be repaid and as such not dispensed as gratis.
“Thus, while we appreciate the oversight functions of the National Assembly in budget spending and other financial transactions of the Federal Government, we believe that in terms of bailout to state governments, members of the National Assembly should use the instrument of their high offices to ensure that state governors deploy these funds to settle arrears of salaries of workers and retirement benefits of pensioners.”