Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has restated the commitment of his administration to the welfare of workers, promising to deliver on its mandate to improve, as well as protect rights of workers.
Engineer Sule made this known in an address marking this year’s International workers day, when he met with officials of the joint labour unions, at the Presidential Lodge, Lafia, on Friday.
The Governor commended workers in the state for their understanding and obeying the directive to stay at home and other measures put in place to curtail the further spread of COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the world.
While regretting the inability to celebrate the first workers’ day under his administration, Engineer Sule equally commended the strength, dedication of the workers of the state and their invaluable contributions to the development of the state.
He equally appreciated the existing cordial relationship and robust partnership between government and the organized labour, which is responsible for the industrial harmony, promotion of peace and sustainable development in the state.
On the implementation of the new minimum wage and promotions arrears, the Governor informed the unions that he is still awaiting the reports of the committees put in place to review modalities of payment, as well as financial implications, even as he said members of the unions were also part of the committees.
Engineer Sule also disclosed plans by his administration to build affordable housing for workers in the state through partnership with the private sector, adding that government is poised to enhance welfare of workers through continuous training for effective discharge of their responsibilities.
The Governor used the opportunity to however appealed to the labour unions to braze up for tough times ahead, as a result of the enormous challenge posed by the outbreak of the coronavirus, which has led to a global economic shutdown.
Engineer Sule particularly appealed to the unions to cooperate with the local government areas towards resolving the impasse regarding the payment of salaries in percentages, promising that the councils will invite labour unions, open up their books, so that the unions will understand the true situation of things.
“I am calling on all of you to use the opportunity to come together and work together.
“I am a realist, I don’t want to play politics with everything in life. There are times for politics, there are times for reality. We have to look at it clearly and work together for the future of our state.
“I want you to work with the LGAs, along with all the other associations and unions, that have direct link with the local government,” he said.
The Governor who expressed dislike for payment of salaries in percentages, lamented that already, the local governments, which are autonomous, are beginning to experience the challenges that COVID-19 is bringing to the economy of the state.
Earlier speaking, both the state chairmen of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Yusuf Sarki and Trade Union Congress (TUC), Comrade Umar Mohammed Doma, used the occasion to reflect on the progress of the unions, towards the collective struggle to improve the welfare of their members.
Plateau State Government Revokes 3 PW Roads Contracts, Says The Contracts Will Be Re-awarded.
Yahaya Idris, Jos.
Plateau state Government has approved the termination of three road projects awarded to a company PW Nigeria Limited, explaining that the contracts were revoked based on request by the company handling the projects.
PW Nigeria is one of the leading construction contractors of roads, bridges, airports, urban infrastructure, dams and water treatment.
Commissioner for Information and Communication, Dan Manjang, who spoke to newsmen after the State Executive Council Meeting in Jos said the contracts would be re-awarded.
He said the projects include Shinkwan-Tunkus-Shendan bypass, Mangu bypass and the Tahos-Ganwuri section one roads.
Mr. Manjang said council also approved the scaling down of the Lalong legacy projects by fifty percent.
He said that the state Executive also approved the engagement of a consultant to carry out review of the audit report by the federal inland revenue service on unremitted Tax and VAT by the state MDA’s between 2016 and 2017 .
Commissioner for Finance in the state , Regina Soemlat ,who also spoke to newsmen said the state is set to obtain a loan of One hundred million naira from commercial banks to invest in the education and water sectors.
She said the loan is intended to finance counterpart fundings for the state Universal Basic Education Board and the Partnership for Expanding Water, Sanitation and Hygiene programmes that will benefit people at the grassroots.
The approval to obtain the bank facility which would be serviced within one year was made during the state executive council meeting presided by Governor Simon Lalong.
The council also approved the printing of booklets of vehicle licence, certificate of road worthiness and general receipts which the commissioner explained that they would be produced in a way that will check forgery.
Fire Guts PeeLinks Electronic Mall In Lokoja
Barely few days of Felele Tanker explosion that left several people dead, destruction of million worth of properties, popular electronic mall in Lokoja, Kogi state has been gutted by fire, razing down multi-million worth of electronic appliances.
According to eyewitness who spoke to Globaltimesnigeria, The incident was reported to have occurred at about 10:47 pm on Friday, The Mall which is located at about 100meters to the office of the fire service couldn’t receive the appropriate attention of the fire service as at the time, the office has closed for its services.
All efforts to provide help by people living around the residence prove abortive.
The people who were greeted by confusion expressed dissatisfaction over the incident, describing it as evil.
The people living at the neighborhood angrily called on the Government to find permanent solution to prevent further occurrence, stating that they have lack of confidence in the present Adminstration, as the government is seen at all times failing in their primary responsibility of providing adequate security of lives and Properties.
It could be recalled that, Pastor Gideon Isah had call for severe prayer for Lokoja, and Kogi state.
BREAKING: FG Obtains Fresh Order To Stop Planned Labour Strike
The Global Times Nigeria reports that the Federal Government has obtained a fresh order stopping the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress from embarking on their planned strike which is to start on Monday.
According to the reports, the restraining order was issued on Friday by Justice Ibrahim Galadima of the National Industrial Court in Abuja, following an ex parte application by the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation.
This came barely 24 hours after the same judge made a similar restraining ex parte order in favour of a group, Peace and Unity Ambassadors Association, on Thursday.
The duo of Acting Director of the Department Civil Litigation of the Federal Ministry of Justice, Mrs Maimuna Shiru, and Mr Tijjani Gazali, led the Federal Government’s team, who moved the ex parte application that was later granted by Justice Galadima on Friday.
The NLC and TUC had jointly declared to embark on a nationwide strike on Monday to press for the reversal of the recent hike in electricity tariff and petrol pump price.
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