Nasarawa government faults labour’s claim that it receives N5.4bn monthly

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The Nasarawa State Government has denied the claim by the organised labour in the state that it receives a monthly allocation of about N5.4 billion.

According to government, the claim which was contained in a statement by the Labour Unions is meant to cause disaffection between the government and the state’s law-abiding workers.

The government’s reaction was contained in a statement issued on Friday and signed by the Chairman of Nasarawa State Civil Service Commission, Musa Dangana after an expanded emergency executive council meeting in Lafia.

The statement reads in part:

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“The position by the Labour Unions that Government should use available resources to implement promotions and pay their salaries only rather than executing viable projects that have direct bearing to the citizenry.

“Having appraised the situation and the negative tendencies it portends to the vision and mission of the present administration in meeting the yearnings and aspirations of the people, the meeting resolved as follows:

“That Government shall not be distracted from its commitment to embark on meaningful projects.

“That in view of its negative impact, Government shall on no account borrow to pay salaries, considering that doing so will further burden the state’s economy and the attendant consequences of mortgaging the future of the state.

“That Government maintains its stand on the No-Work-No-Pay order.

“Accordingly, salaries for the month of June 2021 shall be paid based on the attendance registers, therefore, willing workers are enjoined to resume duties immediately.

“Furthermore, Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) should submit valid attendance registers for the month of June, 2021 to the Office of the Head of Civil Service through their Permanent Secretaries or Chief Executive Officers.

“That essential services, such as health and water supply shall be rendered to the citizenry and any form of interference shall be dealt with appropriately, and that Security agencies are enjoined to continue to protect and safeguard all Government establishments in the State.

“Nasarawa government regrets the hardship and inconveniences caused the people of the State as a result of the unfortunate strike action.

“Government is therefore calling on the people of Nasarawa State to continue to be supportive of the policies and programmes of the present administration and remain law-abiding.

“As a demonstration of the goodwill and quest for harmonious government-Labour relations for the benefit of our people, the administration’s doors are open for continuous negotiations”, the statement added.

The meeting had Permanent Secretaries and Chief Executive Officers of Commissions and Parastatals in attendance frowned at the continuous picketing of offices and harassment of workers from gaining access to their offices by the officials of the Labour Unions.

It further condemned what it described as the “illegal” removal of attendance registers in Ministries, Departments and Agencies by the officials of the Labour Unions and intimidation of workers by the Labour Unions and the Local Government Unions for failing to join the ill-fated strike action.

The government also said that the “allegations and mischief” by the Labour Unions against some Government officials were responsible for the deadlock between Government and Labour.

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