Governors of the 36 states of the federation, under the aegis of Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), have cautioned the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) against embarking on a nationwide industrial action.
The governors’ position was contained in a communiqué issued by NGF’s Vice Chairman and Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal at the end of the Forum’s 18th teleconference meeting. According to the state chief executives, any such action would worsen the already deteriorating economic situation of the workers brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Adeyemi stated: “Why should governors that are from the disadvantaged states be collecting the same salaries that those from well endowed states and a state like Lagos are collecting? States governors should be paid from what they generate in their state.
“Communiqué have always maintained in support of deregulation.” On the deduction of local government statutory allocation for the construction of primary healthcare centres in each of the councils, Tambuwal stated:
“Governors expressed serious concern over deductions from the Federation Allocation of the 774 local government of the country to construct and equip healthcare centres (PHCs) in each local government area on behalf of the Association of Local Governments Of Nigeria (ALGON)”
He disclosed that the Forum has constituted a committee, comprising governors of Ekiti (Chairman), Ebonyi, Delta, Gombe, Plateau and Kano states to represent state and local governments on the matter, adding that the committee would also approach President Muhammadu Buhari; minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation; National Judicial Council (NJC) and minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning to appeal against the judgment.