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Nasarawa labour leaders assure government of better working relationship


Tanko Al-Makura

Tanko Al-Makura

Labour leaders in Nasarawa State have expressed their readiness to work with governor Umaru Al-Makura to ensure that workers in the state enjoy the benefit of their labour.

The state Chairman, Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Mr Abdullahi Adekah, said this while reacting to the governor’s comments that labour leaders were working in opposite direction with government.

It would be recalled that Al-makura in his May Day speech on Sunday said he was sad because of the attitude and unfriendliness of the organised labour toward his administration.

He said the attitude was uncalled for because the state government constantly fulfils its obligations to its workers and had improved their welfare in spite of the economic challenges.

Adekah, however, said that the actions of labour unions should not be seen to be inimical to the government since they were geared toward the improvement of workers welfare in the state.

The governor felt bad because of the strike embarked upon by the organised labour in the state.Although we did not commit any crime, we are also not happy that he is not happy; that is why we will now move closer and work assiduously with him for the benefit of workers in the state,’’ he said.

Mr Jimoh Musa, Chairman, Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) in Nasarawa, told NAN that all the organised labour was doing was for the good of the state and its workers.

He is a leader and he should not take such situations too personal because he is our governor whom we are expected to cry to.Sometimes when you cry to your leaders and you don’t get any response, the last option is to embark on strike to force a dialogue.

We remain loyal to him and we will work better to improve our relationship with his administration.He should put the past beyond him and forge ahead in his goal to improve the wellbeing of Nasarawa residents,’’ Musa said.

NAN recalls that the organised labour on Jan. 29 embarked on a three week strike, but suspended it on Feb. 20 after the governor agreed to meet their demands.
Some of the demands include upward review of allocation for payment of gratuity to retirees.

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