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Nasarawa Workers Defy Governor Almakura

Governor of Nasarawa State, Tanko Al-Makura

The labour unions in Nasarawa State have asked both state and local government workers in the state to disregard the threat by Governor Tanko Al-Makura that any worker who did not resume work on Monday would be sacked.

The labour leaders made this known in a joint statement signed by Abubakar Adeka, Chairman of the State’s chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and Danladi Sabo-Namo, Chairman of the Trade Union Congress, TUC, on Sunday in Lafia, the state capital.

“The strike we started on July 4 is indefinite; disregard the call by the government to resume work on Monday, July 11,” the statement read.

The workers had embarked on an indefinite strike on July 4 to protest the decision of the state government to slash their salaries by 50 per cent.

On Saturday, July 9, Governor Al-Makura had threatened to replace the striking workers with freshly recruited graduates, if they failed to return to work on Monday

But the labour leaders urged workers not to take the Governor’s threat to mind as efforts were being made to protect their rights.

“We are fighting to protect the rights of the workers and shall not relent until such rights are restored,” the statement said, adding that workers were law abiding citizens and would continue to be so in the interest of peace and development of the state and the country.