Strike looms in Adamawa as workers get pay cut
Police pledge adequate security in Kaduna at Sallah
Adamawa State workers may observe low-keyed Eid-el-Kabir following the government’s slash of their July salaries.
However, industrial action looms if the government defaults in its pledge to restore the slashed differences in the August pay.
Adamawa, a predominantly Muslim state, is expected to join others across the country to celebrate Eid-el-Kabir today. But it may, for the first time in recent years, mark the event without fanfare.
The workers, who didn’t see the situation coming, were disappointed on Tuesday when they received incomplete pay for the month of July.
The Guardian gathered that affected workers were within levels seven and 17.
Reacting to the development, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Adamawa chapter, stated: “Leadership of organised labour received with deep shock the unfortunate and unwarranted deductions in July 2020 salaries of state workers, despite the COVID-19 scourge, without recourse, due consideration and consultation with us.
“In view of this, the leadership of the organised labour is calling on the government to direct the accountant-general’s office to reverse the deduction made on workers’ salaries as done in June 2020 with minimum delay.”
Governor Ahmadu Fintiri had reportedly expressed shock over the development.
Claiming further ignorance, Fintiri apologised and promised that the situation would never repeat throughout his stay in office.
However, that state chairman of Joint National Congress (JNC), Mohammed Tuki, appealed to workers to spend reasonably as they celebrate.
Meanwhile, the police in Kaduna State have promised to put adequate security measures in place to ensure a peaceful celebration, warning residents against anything that may distort law and order in any part of the state.
The police spokesman, ASP Muhammad Jalige, stated yesterday that the Commissioner of Police (CP), Umar Muri, “directed all Area Commanders (ACs), Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) and Heads of Department (HODs) to ensure intensive security coverage of their areas and immediately commence aggressive stop-and-search patrols, purposeful vehicular patrol and robust intelligence gathering to ensure security of lives and property before, during and after the festive period.”
The directive by the police boss was not unconnected with the attacks in the southern part of the state where several people were killed.
Warning that security operatives would deal ruthlessly with anyone caught fomenting trouble, Jalige added: “In the same vein, all and sundry are implored to be security-conscious, watch out for strangers and hoodlums who are all out to disturb the peace being enjoyed in the state.”
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