Covid-19: Ajaokuta Steel workers beg for allowances

The Nigeria Union of Mines Workers, Ajaokuta Steel Company Limited branch, has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to prevail on the Federal Ministry of Finance to pay the backlog of their outstanding arrears of allowances.

Chairman of the union Comrade Salami Mohammed Jimoh, who made the appeal at a recent press conference in Lokoja, lamented that the finance ministry had already carried out verification for payment.

According to him, approval had been given since December last year, but no payment till date.

Jimoh said further that the workers had been experiencing hardship as a result of the non-payment of the allowances occasioned by the stay-at-home order.

“We are using this medium to appeal to President Muhammadu to come to our aid by prevailing on the authority concerned to effect the payment of the allowances without further delay, so that our members can take care of their families and attend to other financial needs.

“We don’t know what is hindering the payment because approval has been given since 2019, but the ministry of finance maintain silent over the approval,” he said.

He commended the federal government for taking proactive measures to contain the spread of coronavirus pandemic, urging the members of the union to adhere strictly to the directives of health experts “by observing social distancing, regular washing of hands, use of sanitisers and staying at home.”

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