Al-Makura co-opts traditional rulers to resolve crisis between Labour, govt

Nasarawa State governor, Umaru Tanko Al-makura, has co-opted traditional rulers in the state to resolve the ongoing dispute between government and labour.

The organised labour in the state comprising the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress( TUC), have for the past one month been on strike, over the 50 per cent salary cut by the state government,  a move which has crippled economic activities in the state.

Speaking to the Nigerian Tribune on phone, the NLC state chairman, Comrade Abdullahi Adeka, said: “The governor has asked traditional rulers to take over resolving the dispute. We had a meeting with them yesterday, and we will be having a major meeting with them this week.

“We told the traditional rulers that for us to come to the negotiating table, government must reverse its decision on salary cut and pay outstanding arrears.”

He called on workers in the state to remain calm and go about their lawful business, adding that the union is fighting for their rights.

When contacted for confirmation, the Head of Service of the state, Joseph Ancho, said he had been away from the state for some days, and could not speak on latest developments on the issue.