A civil rights group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, has criticized Plateau State Governor and Chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, Simon Lalong, and his colleagues, for withholding the rights of more than 100 The New Nigerian Newspapers Workers’ Month.

HURIWA’s National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, in a statement, blamed the deaths of 100 company workers on non-payment of their back wages and other benefits by northern governors.

The group said it was unfortunate that governors were enriching themselves with public funds, driving armored cars with billions budgeted for their food allowance in the 2023 budget forecast, but refusing to pay workers their entitlements.

Speaking at a press briefing, leaders of the Inner Chapel of the Nigeria Journalists Union and the National Union of Printing, Publishing and Paper Products Workers, on behalf of hundreds of workers refused, said more than 100 members lost their lives to illnesses while waiting for their withheld salaries because their children could no longer attend school.

They lamented the slow process initiated in 2017 to sell company assets to repay staff salary arrears and other benefits and questioned why some company assets had been sold, but nothing was done. had been done to pay workers’ rights.

They called on Lalong to urgently intervene and order the disbursement of funds to the company’s workers to alleviate their hardship.

Onwubiko, while reacting to the disclosure, said, “The development is a sordid and embarrassing threat to northern governors who have no iota of shame in the first place. It is condemnable that the governors of the North enrich themselves at the expense of the masses and neglect pensioners and journalists who owe accumulated salaries to die.

“Governor Simon Lalong, who is incidentally Governor of the All Progressives Congress and Managing Director of the Tinubu-Shettima Presidential Campaign Council, should urgently ensure payment of these fees as the Nigerian electorate witnesses the mistreatment of workers by the APC. A worker is worthy of his salary.