The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) in Kwara state has urged the federal government to distribute looted funds recovered from political office holders to the 36 states of the federation.
Speaking to journalists in Ilorin over the weekend, the Kwara state chairman, Yekeen Agunbiade noted that the move will help reduce the financial burden on these states as regards payment of salaries to workers.
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Agunbiade who expressed displeasure over the inability of some states to obey the directive of the federal government to pay December salaries however attributed the situation to the non availability of funds.
He said: “If the President Muhammadu Buhari can make funds collected from those who had looted public funds to states of the federation, it will go a long way to cushioning the effect of dwindling financial situations in some states and thereby allowing states to add values to their teeming workforce.”
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Agunbiade who lamented the inability of some councils in Kwara state to pay their workers added that situation has affected the promotion of workers.
“Many workers cannot be promoted to the next grade level due to non availability of funds, and if the looted funds can be distributed to the states of the federation, a new lease of life would come to the teeming workforce and this would enhance productivity on the part of the workers. The development has led the workers, in the 16 local government councils to go on strike for past one month now,” he added.