By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
Niger State chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress, (NLC) on Tuesday stood up against the management of the Bank of Agriculture in Minna, Niger State over non payment of salaries to some of its members, customers of the bank and the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, (AEDC) over poor electricity supply to consumers in parts of the state.
The NLC in the state marched to the Bank of Agriculture in Minna and picketed the bank over its refusal to pay civil servants in the state who use the bank as official banker for salary payment since March this year.
Chairman of the NLC, Comrade Yakubu Umar Garba who led other executives and members of the organized labour, stormed the premises of the Bank of Agriculture to register stern warning to the management of the Bank.
The NLC leadership said it was disheartening to note that though the Niger state government has been forwarding monthly salary payments for civil servants who used the bank as their banker, the management of the Bank of Agriculture had refused to remit same into the accounts of the individual civil servants who are customers of the Bank.
Comrade Garba lamented that the bank had for over seven months not been able to discharge its responsibility equitably to civil servants using the Bank of Agriculture as their bank and therefore condemned the management for withholding what belongs to others.
He warned that while the leadership of the organized labour in the state was interested on industrial harmony, it would not condone maltreatment of the working class citizens especially when it comes to payment of workers salaries and other workers’ entitlement.
He disclosed that some members of the NLC who are workers at the bank had not been paid their salaries since March this year, a development the NLC leadership described as gross inhuman denigration and act of wickedness.
The NLC leadership condemned the management of the Bank over its inability to discharge its own part of the bargain in customer – client – banker relationship.
The NLC subsequently issued a one week ultimatum to the Bank to pay all withheld salaries of the affected customers and members of the NLC or risk mass action.
The NLC similarly picketed the premises of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company over the company’s continuous poor services to electricity consumers in parts of the state.
The AEDC has been at the receiving end over its inability to supply efficient electricity to consumers across the state.
The Chairman of the NLC, told the management of the company that consumers of electricity across the state were fade up with nonchalant work attitudes and corporate irresponsibility of the AEDC.
The organized labour warned that if the trend continues, consumers of electricity would be forced to call for the cancellation of the contractual agreement between government and the company.