Aliyu Akwe Doma, a former governor of Nasarawa State, has chastised his successor, Tanko Al-Makura, for failing to prioritise workers’ welfare in the state.
Doma, who lost to Al-Makura in the 2011 election, expressed displeasure over the Governor’s heedlessness towards workers’ welfare.
While speaking with journalists on Tuesday at his home in Doma village, he described Al-Makura as a “total failure and a stain on the good reputation of the state”.
Doma was candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and incumbent Governor of the state when Al-Makura, contesting on the platform of Congress Progressive Change (CPC), defeated him in the election, becoming the only CPC candidate to unseat a sitting governor in 2011.
He recalled that Al-Makura’s victory in 2011 against him was driven by his lapses of salary-shortfall that triggered labour strike for just a month.
“Al-Makura took the advantage of the strike action embarked upon by the labour union in 2011 as his campaign mantra to unseat me from power,” Channels quoted him as saying. “What difference has the governor made even as he continued with another tenure that will elapse 29 May 2019?”
He said for six years, Al-Makura did not employ a single clerk into the civil service, but he sacked 7000 workers that were gainfully employed during his administration, thereby raising unemployment among the masses.
Al-Makura has been embroiled in a battle with workers under the aegis of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) over unpaid salaries. He is serving his second term as a member of All Progressives Congress (APC).