From Pwanagba Agabus, Jos
The Head of Civil Service in Plateau State, Izang Azi, said the state government has expended the sum of N7.2 billion to upset the four months salary arrears owed workers as a result of the “no work no pay” policy of the immediate past administration in the state.
Azi discloses this at a dinner organized by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) Plateau State Chapter, in honor of their former chairman, Comrade Jibrin Banchir who was recently appointed Special Adviser to the Governor on Labour Matters.
“I want to inform you that government has secured land for the construction of civil servant’s housing estate to end the trouble most low cadre civil servants go through in acquiring shelters for their families.
“Let me also state here that as a result of the’No work, No pay’ policy of the immediate past administration in this state, the present government has expended the sum of N7.2 billion to upset the four months salary arrears owed to workers.
It would be recalled that the “No work, no pay policy” by Lalong’s predecessor was used as punishment to civil servants for embarking on statewide industrial action that lasted about four months, and subsequently landed NLC to the Industrial court.
However, the suit against NLC have been withdrawn by the Lalong led administration.
Also speaking, President of NLC, Ayuba Wabba, represented by Comrade Innocent Dajiji commended the Governor for considering payment of civil servants salary a priority.
He challenged the newly appointed Special Adviser not to abandoned his constituency (NLC) while in government as an adviser to the governor, “be an ambassador of our great union, your constituency (the NLC).” Wabba insist.
The NLC President charged Governor Lalong to ensure completion of ongoing projects in the state, he assured the governor of NLC commitments in contributing their quota as civil servants to develop Plateau state and Nigerian as a whole.
Earlier in his address, Acting NLC chairman in the state Comrade Yarlings Gunshin, had in a welcome address tasked the governor to implement the 30,000 minimum wage recently signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The acting Labour leader in Plateau state thanked governor Lalong for pardoning 2,000 teachers who were allegedly illegally sacked by his predecessor.
Comrade Yarlings revealed that NLC in Plateau state did not threaten the Governor with any form of industrial action in the first tenure of his administration, because the union has resolve to develop the state.
The acting NLC boss however said the regime of the out gone NLC chairman witnessed picketing of erring companies who could not conform with Labour laws.
Responding to the honor done him, Comrade Jibrin Banchir, the newly appointed adviser, pledged to perform better as an adviser to the governor on Labour matters, but solicits cooperation of all.
Bancir call for the cooperation of his former colleagues (NLC) to work in harmony with government to enable him succeed in the fresh mandate given him to serve the state in a different capacity.
The dinner had in attendance officials affiliated labour unions.