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Plateau NLC threatens to bring down govt over ASUU strike

By Saxone Akhaine (Kaduna) and Isa Abdulsalami Ahovi (Jos)
02 May 2022   |   4:02 am
Plateau State chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has lamented the Federal Government’s nonchalant attitude towards the prolonged strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities...

Kaduna congress mourns 36 workers killed by bandits, others
Plateau State chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has lamented the Federal Government’s nonchalant attitude towards the prolonged strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), threatening to bring government down completely, if nothing is done urgently.

The Chairman, Eugene Manji, stated this, yesterday, while addressing workers to mark the May Day.

He criticised the government and its security personnel for doing little or nothing while bandits and terrorists operate under their nose.

According to the NLC, there is insecurity everywhere, citing the Kaduna train attack in Kaduna State, as well as Kanam, Wase and Irigwe attacks in Plateau.

Manji said the issue of insecurity in the country was disturbing despite the humongous amount being spent on arms, adding that the terrorists were becoming more daring without being deterred in their operations.

On workers’ emoluments, he appealed to Governor Simon Lalong to settle the bills before leaving office. He equally lamented youth unemployment.

Trade Union Congress (TUC) Chairman, Titus Mallo, urged the Plateau government to pay the pensioners in the state.

Responding, Governor Lalong, who was represented by the Head of Service (HoS), Sunday Hyat, said that his government was tightening security in the state because if without security, the economy would be hurt.

MEANWHILE, Kaduna NLC is using the Workers’ day event to mourn 36 workers that reportedly lost their lives to banditry and harsh economic conditions.

It called for one-minute silence in their honour and prayed for their souls.

The Chairman, Ayuba Magaji, also lamented the continuous hostilities between the state government and workers, saying that the latter have suffered high inflation and traumatic situation of insecurity in the land.

Speaking during the May Day celebration at Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna, yesterday, he also encouraged the workers to obtain their voter’s card and vote out politicians who would not defend their interest.

The labour leader pointed out that this year’s International Workers’ Day themed ‘Labour, Leadership and the Quest for Good Governance and Development in Nigeria’ also came to symbolise the “never-say-never” spirit of the working class to keep the wheels of wealth creation rolling.