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Northern governors owe KTL workers N687m

Leading the peaceful protest held at the entrance of the company, the Senior Deputy General Secretary of the National Union of Textile, Garment and Tailoring…

Leading the peaceful protest held at the entrance of the company, the Senior Deputy General Secretary of the National Union of Textile, Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria (NUTGTWN), an umbrella body of textile workers, Alhaji Umaru Mohammed, appealed to the governors to comply with the Industrial Arbitration Panel (IAP) which compelled them to pay the entitlements of the workers seven years ago.

“A good number of our men have died as a result of the non-payment of their entitlements. Urgent settlement of their entitlements will go a long way to reduce their burden and alleviate their increasing destitution, poverty and desperation capable of causing communal or industrial disharmony.

As a responsive union, we have repeatedly drawn the attention of the Northern Governors Forum to the plight of KTL workers since the closure of the company in 2002 without the settlement of their gratuities and other entitlements. We have made submissions to the meetings of the governors calling for the injection of capital to resuscitate KTL all to no avail,” he said.

 The union also described as on unfair, unjust and grossly unacceptable, the illegal sale of plots of lands belonging to the company in strategic locations in Kaduna state by some top management officials. They alleged that already, the buyers of the land have started working on the lands despite resistance by the workers.