Festus Osifo, the President of the Trade Union Congress, stated this in an interview with Arise Television on Monday.
The TUC asserts that the government halted the promised 6-month wage award payment after the initial disbursement.
Meanwhile, the union has presented President Bola Tinubu with a 10-point agenda as part of its demands to the federal government.
Osifo explained that the Nigerian government possesses the required revenues to meet the demands of the trade union but lacks the will to "actually do what is right."
He said, “If you’ve signed an agreement and you’re finding it difficult to implement, what you do normally is for you to call the other party, and you sit down together. But we don’t even think that is the challenge, we don’t think that is the problem.
“Because today, you could see from the federation account how much they share every month, it has doubled compared to the figures that they were sharing or the amount of money that they were sharing as at April/May.
“Today, they share trillions of naira, that shows that even if the value of this money has plummeted, even if the value has gone down, but the physical note is there, the volume has actually gone up.
“So, they could actually take care of this. It is not because they don’t have revenue, but it is the will for them to actually do what is right. You know very well, that as at when this government came in, the exchange rate was somewhere around N450 to a dollar. But today, officially, it is over N900, which is times two. That has actually made the government to be earning more money.”
Osifo noted that the government had not notarised the 10-point agenda that the TUC had presented to the government, which was eventually agreed with.