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Bauchi govt, NLC reach truce on salary issue

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Bauchi State Government and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) have met midway on the salary issue threatening to sour their relationship.

Governor Bala Mohammed, on Monday, set up another panel to investigate discrepancies on the payroll, which denied some workers their monthly pay.

The two parties, after an elongated meeting, appointed the Deputy Governor, Baba Tela, as chairman, and Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Sabiu Baba, as secretary of the new committee to scrutinise the issues and return with a report within four weeks.

Mohammed’s Chief of Staff, Ladan Salihu, told the press, after the meeting on Monday, that the governor noted labour’s grievances and resolved to end the wage problem.

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Bauchi government had in 2019 set up committees to sanitise the nominal roll and possibly expunge illegal workers.

Mohammed had also said that some (legitimate) workers’ salaries were being warehoused pending when a standard payroll is formed. But labour threatened industrial action over this.

Labour leader, Danjuma Saleh, said the governor took their grievances and that they were convinced of his response.

He stated: “We are making a good representation for our members. After this meeting, we are to feed our members back and we believe that the industrial action will be shelved.

“Definitely, we enjoyed the sitting. Many of us got educated – especially in some grey areas of the salary payment. The bone of contention is the salary, though there are issues of LTG, promotion, consequential adjustment and the rest of it.”

According to him, though the governor also lamented on the issue, they believe that the panel headed by the deputy governor will work to put the issue to rest in one month.

Ladan had earlier said that the government was happy that the leadership of the unions and the government were on the same page.

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