The commercial strike initiated by the Nigerian Employees' Congress, the NLC and the Commerce Union Congress, TUC, seems to have been happening for too lengthy because the state authorities insisted that it couldn’t elevate greater than N2 billion to pay staff owed salaries earlier than the top of December 2020
State Authorities Secretary, SSG, Alh. In an interview with journalists in Mina, Ahmed Matan mentioned it was just about not possible to fulfill union calls for this yr.
It’s reported that union members went on strike on December 1, 2020, after the federal government's lack of ability to return the cash deducted from 30 % of staff' salaries in June 2020.
He mentioned: “It’s regrettable that this strike continues. On his second day, the federal government is making an attempt higher to see that this blow has not been extended. We’re nonetheless making an attempt to see if we will elevate something that permits us to pay any steadiness we owe to civil servants. "
SSG notes that at current, will probably be troublesome for the federal government at current to safe a mortgage of N1.6b from any monetary establishment for November for unpaid salaries plus an extra 500 million nanos from the 30 % of eligible staff for the month of June.
“There is not going to be many banks prepared to supply a mortgage now as a result of it’s approaching the top of the yr. We’re in December now, so the banks are closing their books, it is vitally troublesome for any financial institution to offer a mortgage of 1.6 billion NN as a facilitator until you’re able To pay it earlier than closing its books in December “” If I can summarize what occurred, in June, we nonetheless have 30 % of civil servants, and that 30 % is a big sum of cash, at least 500 million Naira, then we’ve November which isn’t paid, so if we’re going to pay 100 %, we’re going to ask for as much as 1.6 billion, so if you happen to add 1.6 billion plus 500 million N2, we’ve greater than a billion N2 to pay. "  Mattan acknowledged that other than challenges from the unions, "the well being staff who got here and made some calls for, are asking for assist for COVID 19 dangers reaching over 100 million N."
A state authorities spokesperson additionally revealed that, well being staff have additionally demanded a rise within the threat allowance.
“So it’s all a combination of issues. As a authorities, we additionally have to assume and take into account the calls for of the bigger group; they want water, chemical compounds and so forth. If the hospital closes, we’ve an issue as a result of the general public won’t be able to entry healthcare.”
By way of internally generated income, IGR, for the state, Matane revealed, “We thought we’d develop our IGR earlier than the top of the yr however sadly, covid got here and lasted for six to seven months and the SMEs which might be speculated to pay the income should not Proportional, so we're working about 400 to 500 million a month and for me, if you happen to add every little thing, together with IGR, we're nonetheless nowhere. " (19659010)