Workers Welfare Ignored In 2017 Budget – NLC Cries Out - 4 years ago
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) says workers welfare is not properly captured in the 2017 national budget. The NLC President, Mr Ayuba Wabba, said this while speaking with newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja. “Our budget system is not transparent enough, if you look at the estimate of this year budget, a lot of issues have arisen, especially the allocations for capital and current expenditure. “But importantly, the fact also is that a lot of issues pertaining to the welfare of workers have not been properly captured. “On the issue of pension, we are very certain and convinced because there is a liability presently of over N300 billion that is supposed to be accommodated in the budget for the payment of pensions. “Especially the contributory pension scheme which actually we have interfaced with the leadership of the National Assembly to try to see how this can be accommodated. “And we are all aware that this has not been captured adequately. There are also some earned allowances which also have not being earned but a portion of it has being provided in the budget. “So, in terms of how the budget directly affects the workers, I think some of the issues certainly have not being captured very effectively,” he said. On the overall performance of the 2017 budget, Wabba noted that time was of essence. He, however, decried the late implementation of the budget, saying that substantial time has been lost in the preparation that ought to have taken effect.