Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom
Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom

May Day: Benue workers beg Ortom to pay 72 month pension arrears

NEWS DIGEST – The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Benue State Chapter, has appealed to Gov. Samuel Ortom to pay the 72 months pension arrears owed retired local government workers in the state.

Godwin Anya, the state NLC Chairman made the appeal in an address to mark the 2021 Workers Day, on Saturday in Makurdi.

Mr Anya also appealed to the governor to implement the minimum wage for workers on grade level seven and above.

The NLC chairman disclosed that the state government also owe teachers 10 months’ salary arrears, nine months of local government workers, and five months salaries of state government workers.

“Non-payment of 2017 arrears of workers’ salaries has not only caused untold hardship but has dampened the morale of workers,” he lamented.

He noted that the government has remained aloof to issues of pensions and salaries, and urged it to address the problems, so as to boost the morale of workers.

Addressing the workers, Gov. Ortom, represented by his deputy, Mr Benson Abounu commended the NLC for its contributions to the nation’s economy.

He said that without workers the economy would remain at standstill.

Mr Ortom also commended Benue NLC for always resorting to dialogue on issues affecting workers.

He blamed insecurity for his administration’s inability to be up-to-date in the payment of salaries and pensions.

The governor claimed that security agencies depend on the state government wholly for finances.

The governor, however, pledged to address the issue of salary and pension arrears before the end of his administration.