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BREAKING: Pay N35,000 Wage Award Now, TUC Tells FG



The Trade Union Congress has warned the Federal Government to, with immediate, effect pay all federal civil servants their ₦35,000 wage award as agreed during a meeting that was held following the removal of fuel subsidy.

The TUC President, Festus Osifo, gave the warning in Abuja on Tuesday at an ongoing press briefing shortly after the congress’ emergency National Executive Council meeting.

The Congress specifically noted that it had it on good authority that workers had only received a one-month payment that was meant for September, adding that only a few workers had been paid for the second time.

Osifo also warned all the 36 state governors and the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, to “tighten their belt in assuaging the plight of workers” occasioned by the removal of fuel subsidy to avoid a fresh crisis in the country.

Osifo said, “On the issue of the wage award, it is on record that the payment has been made just once for September, but as it is now, our members in the federal civil service have not been paid the ₦35,000 wage award since October. “We wish to call on the government to fastrack all the payments now. We learnt that they’re putting some things in place to ensure the payment, but people are not ready to listen to excuses.

“We demand that they immediately pay this ₦35,000 wage award to the bank accounts of the federal civil servants without excuses.

“We want the government to tighten their belts, governments at all levels  the Federal Government, the state and local governments because a situation where they are asking Nigerians to keep tightening their belt and they (government officials) are living in affluence is not acceptable.”

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