MAY DAY: WORKERS CONDEMN PLATEAU GOVT. OVER POOR TREATMENT

The State chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Jibril Banchir, said on Wednesday that the Plateau state government was not living up to its responsibilities in terms of payment of workers’ salaries and allowances.

Mr. Banchir made the plight of the workers known on Tuesday at the Rwang-Pam Township Stadium in Jos, during the ritual marking of the national workers day in Nigeria.

The union leader said, “our reward from the Plateau State government as workers is taking us to court, each time we complain of none fulfillment of government obligation to workers. We are being either denied our due entitlements, or paid half salaries after a long period.”

Mr. Banchir said the state lags behind in education adding that the state is three years behind in the academic calendar.

He said the counterparts in other states of the federation had graduated three sets of students in the last three years, but Plateau State was battling to amend from the last academic calendar. He described the situation as “unfortunate”.

Similarly, the National Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE, and the Nigerian Union of Teachers, NUT, also used the celebration of May Day to demonstrate against being owed four months salaries.

The lecturers of the state owned tertiary institutions have been on strike for over two months for non implementation of the new salary structure.

A melodrama ensued at the May-Day celebration as some as a faction of the NULGE beat up another faction alleging them to be impersonators. The situation was, however, brought under control by security operatives who were at the scene.

Sources said fake NULGE members were sponsored by a faction of the union believed to be in support of government’s decision to sack local government workers for embarking on a state wide industrial action last year. The strike lasted for 7 months.

Speaking to the workers, Governor Jonah Jang, represented by the Head of service, Ezekiel Dalyop, pledged to pay workers the salaries owed them.

“We are a responsible government with conciseness, we know the worth of the workers, and their immense contributions to the socioeconomic development of the state, which they have done in the past and are still doing. Therefore what is due workers must be given them,” the governor said.

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