It was gathered that the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress has threatened to shut down airports across the country if governors owing civil servants salaries do not pay the salaries immediately.
The National Vice- President of the NLC, Mrs. Lucy Offiong, stated this in Jos on Thursday while leading a protest of the Plateau State chapter of the union over non-payment of salaries of members by the state government.
She said such a drastic measure had become imperative in order to compel governors to pay workers’ salaries in the affected states and alleviate their plight.
According to her, shutting down the airports would deprive the governors the luxury of travelling by air while their workers suffered.
Offing said, “Governors who are among the most frequent users of airports may need to be deprived of the facilities so that they would be moved to give their workers their monthly wage.”
Plateau State Chairman of the NLC, Mr. Jibrin Bancir, said the union took its protest to the state House of Assembly because the Assembly, which passed the state budget with a provision for workers’ salaries, should be able to compel the state governor to pay.
“I don’t know what the House of Assembly members are doing to provide relief to civil servants whose children are out of school and who cannot afford to feed their families. So, we are here to let the House know what workers are going through and to ask the House to prevail upon the governor to fulfil his obligations to the workers, including the payment of their salaries and other outstanding entitlements,” Bancir said.
Plateau workers, who had been on strike since May 4, are being owed six months arrears of salaries.