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, the workers have remained resolute in their resolve to remain at home.
Nigerian Tribune’s visit to some schools and hospitals across the states, showed that goats and chickens had taken over the environment as no human was found around the vicinity.
A government staff who spoke to the Nigerian Tribune 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.
“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 to fighting for their rights.
It will be recalled that the Organised Labour in the state, comprising 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.