By Victor Ahiuma-Young
United Labour Congress of Nigeria, ULC, has described Monday’s protest by Policemen maintaining security in Bornu State over unpaid benefits as a shame and the height of insensitivity of Police authority.
This came as the group demanded a review of the Law banning Police officers, Customs and Immigration and other men and officers of the various security agencies from joining the trade union movement.
While commending the courage of the Policemen for voicing out their plights while others are suffering in silence, the group insisted that “it is a crime against humanity to owe workers their salaries as it denies such workers their means of livelihood condemning them to life on the precipice and at the edge of the society.
“Just like other workers that owed several months of salaries, this time, it is the Police officers who have found the necessary courage to speak out.”
ULC, in a statement by its President, Joe Ajaero, among others, said: “We are worried that in these critical times when we are grappling with severe security challenges in the country that those who we have entrusted our national security in their hands are being owed months in salaries.
“How do we expect those who bear arms to have the needed confidence and commitment to protect the citizenry? This may explain the spate of accidental discharges and crimes committed by men in uniform.
“ULC, therefore, demands a review of the law banning Police officers, Customs and Immigration and other men and officers of the various security agencies from joining the trade union movement.
“It is only the unions that can speak on behalf of these denied and deprived Police officers and this is the danger which the refusal to allow them exercise their rights as Nigerian workers exposes the country to.”