Kebbi NLC urges payment of workers’ leave allowances for Sallah
• Ram sellers record low sales, Ogun police, FRSC deploy officers for festival
The Kebbi chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has appealed to the state government to pay the 2019 leave allowances of workers to enable them celebrate the Eid-el-Kabir.
Briefing reporters yesterday in Birnin Kebbi, the state NLC chairman, Comrade Umar Halidu Alhassan, said the plea has become necessary to enable the civil servants buy rams for the Muslim festival.
He said labour was consulting with government officials in time to prevent a repeat of last year’s ugly incident.
Alhassan pleaded with workers to remain calm, expressing optimism that Governor Atiku Bagudu would grant their request within the week.
However, the chairman of Birnin Kebbi Ram Sellers Association, Alhaji Ibrahim Mairago, has raised the alarm that the paucity of funds had affected their business.
He dropped the hint yesterday in Birnin Kebbi, adding that though the supply of rams was high, the demand for them was, however, low owing to the inadequate money in circulation.
According to him, while the big-size ram went for N90,000 last year, it indeed goes for between N120,000 and N125,000 this year.
Mairago said rams, goats and sheep were in the last three years purchased from Balliyara and Dadin Kowa and brought in from Amogoro, a town bordering Nigeria and Niger Republic.
Besides, the Ogun Police Command has assured residents of a peaceful Sallah celebration, stating that it had beefed up security in the state.
The Commissioner of Police, Bashir Makama, said loads of tactical and covert cops had been deployed across the length and breadth of the state to ensure crime-free festivities.
In a statement by the command spokesman, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, the CP added that officers from SARS, PMF, Tactical Response and Intelligence units as well as Anti-Kidnapping and Cultism sections had also been mobilised to maintain peace during the festival.
He also disclosed that surveillance patrols had been ordered around praying grounds and event/recreation centres across the state.