Pay Us Our Entitlements ,We Are Dying – Sacked Workers To El Rufai
By Mike Odeh James
•Sacked workers laments their plight.
•Says El Rufai’s government is owing the over 9000 sacked workers huge sum in form of entitlements
A group of retired civil servants who were disengaged from Kaduna State civil service unceremoniously in 2017, on Thursday cried out to the state government to expedite action in order to pay them their entitlements.
The retired workers under the aegis of “Retirees Movement on Restructuring 2017′ said since December 2017 that over nine thousand workers from Kaduna State Civil service were retrenched, not a dime of their entitlements have been paid to any of them.
Speaking to the press at the Nigeria Union of Journalists ( NUJ ) Kaduna State Secretariat, the spokesperson of the group, Malam Ahmed Muazu, refuted the statement credited to the state governor that all sacked civil servants in the state have been paid.
He went on to highlight the untold hardship suffered by its members due to the failure of the government to pay them their dues.
“it may interest the governor to know that a sizable number of our colleagues have died, some are paralyzed and many are hypertensive. All these happened suddenly, no notice no leakage and majority were not ready for the retirement and have no dime in their pockets, yet the entitlements are not paid.
“We have began to lose control of our families because we cannot feed them nor cloth them. We cannot pay their school fees, just as we are like every other person, we have children in various institutions and WAEC and NECO have started registration of potential candidates and our children are at home due to our inability to pay the charges,” Muazu said.
The group further explained that it wasn’t the intention of it’s members to engage the state government in hostile confrontation, but was forced to go to the press because it has exhausted all channels available to it to get the government to expedite action.
As law-abiding citizens, we followed the laid down processes prescribed by the law to get our entitlements. We began from June 2018 but till date to no avail.
“We wish to inform the general public and with due respect to the governor who has made several pronouncements in the media that all are paid, we now request the governor or any other person to reach to any of our pension administrators and find out if any of the over nine thousand officers who have been compulsorily retired from the civil service of Kaduna State is given a dime by the pension administrators as they always say they are waiting for the governor. This is our predicament,” Muazu concluded .
The secretary to the group, therefore appealed to the government to ensure prompt payment of their entitlements to prevent further calamity from befalling its members.
In recent times, the Kaduna State Government has been enmeshed with nonpayment saga.
Only last week, a group of concerned parents who lost their children in 2017 while on excursion to Kaduna State Water Corporation raised alarm that the government hasn’t paid them the compensation the government promised.
A week before, it was contractors who claimed to have worked for the state government but were not paid for their services. And late last year, students under the banner of National Association of Kaduna State Students stormed the NUJ centre with an ultimatum to the state government to pay its members their scholarship money or face students protests.