Nasarawa strike: Schools, hospitals, ministries shutdown despite Al-makura’s threat

DESPITE threats by Governor Umaru Tanko Al-makura of Nasarawa State to replace striking workers with fresh graduates, teachers, medical practitioners and other civil servants in the state have remained resolute in their resolve to remain at home.


Tribune Online visit to some schools and hospitals across the states showed that goats and chickens have taken over the environment as no human being was found around the vicinity.


A government staff who spoke to Tribune Online on condition of anonymity said “the governor is just making jest of himself, how can he threaten us with replacement? He is just adding more salt to the injury.”


She added that “the governor claims he was one of the first person to implement the N18, 000 minimum wage but he has forgotten that he used 2006 payment voucher instead of the 2012 payment voucher at the time it was implemented and how he sacked over 7000 staff before he implemented the minimum wage.”


On his part, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) state chairman, Abdullahi Adeka said “from the onset I knew the threat was an empty one, as the governor seems to be chasing shadows, let us see how they will sack all the existing workers.”


He called on all workers in the state to remain resolute in their commitment towards fighting for their rights.


It would be recalled that the Organised Labour in the state comprising of NLC and Trade Union Congress (TUC), embarked on an indefinite strike last week, over government’s policy to cut workers salary by 50 per cent.