From Maduabuchi Nmeribeh, Kano
The Kano state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), has advised Kano state government to diversify its sources of Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), as part of measures to make up with the current harsh economy situation.
The chairman of Kano NLC Dr. Kabiru Ado Minjibir, who regretted that the harsh economic situation in the country, has grossly affected prompt and complete payment of workers salary and other incentives, said the organized Labour in Kano was well prepared to help Kano state government boost its IGR.
Dr. Minjibir who also blamed the situation largely due to the adverse effects of the first and second wave of the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic, insisted that the only way out for Kano state government to increase it’s sources of IGR, so as to provide more democratic dividends to the people and make workers smile again.
According to him, “we wish to use this opportunity to advise Kano state government to as a response to this economic downturn, take urgent steps to diversify its Internally Generated Revenue drive in order to boost it’s income.
“The Labour is willing to support the government in this regard. We are of the view that at difficult moments like this, reflationary measures should be adopted to empower workers and stimulate the economy.”
Dr. Minjibir, however, lauded Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje’s administration for effective security management in the state, “with minimal cases of banditry, kidnapping and other criminal activities.
“Efficient management of first and second wave of COVID-19 in the state, having less casualties due to measures put in place by the government.
“Being up-to-date in the payment of salary and pension in the state, despite the economic turbulence being experienced in the country until recently when the economic situation bite harder.
“Proper management of palliatives in the state during the recent lockdown unlike what was witnessed in other states of the Federation. Execution of other laudable projects in the state.”
Dr. Minjibir, who described the theme of the 2021 May Day celebration: “COVID-19 Pandemic, Social and Economic Crisis: Challenges for Decent Jobs and People’s Welfare,” as symbolic to the continued struggle for survival under the current economic hardship, also charged workers to give in their best while discharging their Civic responsibilities.