About 100 retired and serving staff of New Nigerian Newspapers have died awaiting their entitlements from homeowners of the corporate, 19 Northern States Governors.
The stunning revelation was made by Joint Union Chairman of the corporate on Tuesday in Kaduna, Comrade Friday Idoko shortly after the employees congress calling on the Northern Governors to expedite motion on the gross sales of the corporate’s property to offset staff’ entitlements and different liabilities.
Idoko expressed concern that there was sluggish tempo within the bidding course of, stressing that it ought to have been concluded and staff’ dues paid way back.
In response to him, homeowners of the Newspaper had been foot-dragging on the difficulty of paying the employees their entitlements resulting in the immeasurable hardship on the employees.
He lamented that many employees had been evicted by their landlords, their youngsters despatched out from faculties whereas a number of others had died attributable to coronary heart associated illnesses, attributing the issues to monetary bottlenecks skilled attributable to lack of salaries.
He noticed, “From 2012 until date, we’ve misplaced not fewer than 100 of our members awaiting these governors to pay their amassed salaries and different accrued advantages that may have made life price residing and doubtless saved them from dying.
“Our employees have been energetic and dedicated to their duties to make sure our publications come out each day on-line to make sure sustainability of considered one of Sardauna’s legacies.
“However sadly, regardless of large sacrifice by these staff, significantly the editorial employees who go about overstretching their limits to supply for tales for publication, the method that may have seen their amassed course of paid have been placed on maintain.
“I have to level out that their persistence is quick working out, their perseverance exhausted and their sense of commitments to peace and concord examined.
“It’s on this low spirits that we’ve converged right here at the moment, each serving and retired employees from September 2006 until date, who’ve labored for the Northern Governors to precise our displeasure over snail velocity of bidding and gross sales strategy of property owned by the corporate to pay us our entitlements.
“We the union Excos on our half have been calming the nerves of our members, urging them to train restraints, persistence and perseverance as they await their unpaid salaries from their employers.
“There’s restrict to how one can prevail on a person to cause with you, significantly when you might have been telling him identical story on a regular basis with no optimistic leads to sight.
“All we’re collectively asking from these governors is to renew the suspended course of to promote these properties of the corporate, a number of of such property are mendacity fallow and encroached upon.
“They need to do the needful by using this chance in order that their names will probably be written in gold and be recorded on good facet of historical past as leaders whose tenures put smiles on faces of long-suffering staff of New Nigerian.”
They famous that addressing the difficulty of insecurity begins from paying staff their dues to keep away from tempting them into crime and anti-social actions, which might not augur properly for the society.