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In Nassarawa Elders intervene as workers call off strike

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State workers in Nasarawa who down tools over poor working condition have called-off its strike following an intervention by some elders.

Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Chairman in the State, Abdullahi Adeka who called off the strike action on Saturday, asked civil servants in the state to resume work with immediate effect.

Some elders in the state made up of: Ahmed Uthman, Abdullahi Adamu, Justice Badamasi Maina, Justice Ahmed Ubangari, Hussaini Zanuwa Akwanga, Anthony Sani, Dauda Kigbu, Jonah Ogbole, Anthony Yamusa and A.B Tanko had swung into action following many weeks of strike by Nasarawa State workers.

With the help of the elders, the state government and the workers agreed that salaries would be paid through the use of the usual template.

We have agreed on the implementation of CONMESS as is receiving attention by the state Government. The Head of Service, Organized Labour and Intervention group will submit it report within two months. A committee on the 500 Housing Units consisting of members of organized labour and the State government will be set up” Adeke said.

According to him, part of the agreement reached was that the State Government will constitute members of the state Civil Service Commission.

He said they urged the government to liaise with Skye Bank to submit the report of screening exercise and the payment of full salary to Local Government workers.

The State Government shall keep Local Government salary in case of shortage till next month was paid. Council chairmen should as matter of urgency suspend the proposed Council screening exercise. Approved the payment of salary by Local Government Education Authority while the disbursement of would be made by Nasarawa State Universal Basic Education Board.”

That Government should process all promotions from January but without benefit due to economic crunch. All increment from 2007 to date is waived. Government should address omission of names of civil servants. State Government should ascertain the numbers of pensioner in the state. A committee be set up at the point of agreement” part of the agreement stated.

The Union also redirects the government to ensure autonomy for tertiary institutions and released N20 million for retirees. Nassarawa State Head of Service, Joseph Ancho, commended the Union and the workers for their patient during the strike action.

The Chairman of the Elders Intervention Group, Ahmed commended the State Government for considering the plight of workers.

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