Group writes El-rufai over unpaid workers salaries, pension
By; Amos Mathew, Kaduna
A group under the auspices of Kaduna Mass Movement (KMM) has expressed its displeasure with the administration of Governor Nasir Ahmad El-rufai over the administrations inability to pay salaries of civil servants and pensioners in the state.
Lamenting the hardship faced by workers in the state, Chairman of the group, Major Abubakar Umar (rtd) who is the signatory of the letter received by the office of the governor dated 16th November, 2015, said he feels concerned for the plight of the workers since the inception of the All Progressive Congress (APC) administration in the state.
A copy of the letter made available to Journalist, Major Umar also lamented that the workers have witnessed untold hardship due to the verification exercises which the state government compelled them to do.
He drew the attention of the governor to the loss of lives during the last verification exercise conducted in Zaria, disclosing that families of the victims were yet to receive any compensation for the loss of their bread winners.
Umar who accused the government of misleading the people during the campaign through their promises said, “During the electioneering campaign you promised to allay the hardships of the citizens of the state.
“People trooped out in numbers, from 4am-11pm just to ensure that a change of government is realized in the state with the hope that life will be better for the citizens, their rights will be protected and not trampled upon.”
He advised the government to always pay workers promptly as the consequent of not paying civil servants/pensioners their salaries as at when due will certainly lead to corruption in the system where hungry/angry civil servants will resort to all sorts of crimes to make ends meet.
The retired Major stressed that leadership that is wise, bold and imaginative is what the citizens saw in the governor when they elected him into office.
“Past leaders of this state have deceived the citizens and have ran out of promises, since pervasive economic realities have made it too difficult for the people to be deceived all the time”.
Umar called on El-rufai to harken to the cry of the people. “There is a general outcry against some of your policies, most especially not paying workers and pensioners their salaries and the verification exercise which have become so inhuman, that they negate the very ideals which the All Progressive Congress (APC) purports to operate.
“I call on you to do all within your powers to alleviate the suffering of the people who trooped out under harsh conditions to vote you into power.
“Poverty level amongst Nigerians is 46 percent, please don’t increase it. Pay worker their wages” he stressed.
“I want to believe that the change in government will bring corresponding transformation which will ease the hardship which the past government created for the citizens of this state.
“May I draw the attention of the executive governor that the outcry of the masses of Kaduna state is such that the euphoria that welcomed this administration has long evaporated”.