NLC Body vows to resist development levy in Nasarawa

He said that imposing levies on workers would compound their current economic woes.

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NLC vows to resist development levy in Nasarawa

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The Chairman of the Nasarawa State Chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) vowed on Monday in Lafia that labour would resist imposition of development levy on workers in the state.

Mr Abdulahi Adeka told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the State Government had not met with the NLC to discuss such levy, saying that labour would resist the levy.

"The NLC has not been intimated on the issue and even if such proposal is brought to us, we will resist it because there are procedures to follow before reaching such decision."

Adeka argued that inasmuch as the union commended the governor for the payment of N18, 900 minimum wage to workers, the current economic crunch had made it unrealistic to impose levies on workers.

He said that imposing levies on workers would compound their current economic woes.

NAN recalls that Gov. Umaru Al-Makura had last month announced the introduction of development levy to be paid by all categories of workers on the payroll of the State Government.

Al-Makura made the announcement while receiving a report of the Transition Appraisal Committee set up to assess his administration's performance since 2011.

He explained that given the harsh national economy and dwindling allocation from the federation account, there was need for all to make sacrifices for the state’s development.

Al-Makura had described as "unacceptable and immoral" a situation where 99 per cent of the state's allocation and earnings would be spent on paying salaries and allowances.

The governor said that workers, including himself, drawing from the state’s coffers would pay the development levy to augment provision of infrastructure and other services for citizens.

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