Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger has
appealed to the state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), to shelve
its planned strike for peace and industrial harmony. News Agency of Nigeria
(NAN) recalls that the organised labour in the state had on Jan. 14 given a
21-day ultimatum to the state government to implement the new N30, 000 minimum
However, Bello in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mrs Mary Berje in Minna on Tuesday, said government was working relentlessly to ensure that all pending issues concerning civil servants were addressed swiftly. He said that negotiations were still ongoing and government was doing its best to improve the living standard of the people in spite of the challenges and paucity of funds.
Bello explained that the state
government had commenced implementation of the National Minimum Wage, assuring
that its consequential adjustment and arrears would be paid as soon as
government and labour concluded negotiations. “We are still negotiating with
labour, we intend to avert the industrial action and we are calling on the
organised labour to rescind its decision to embark on the strike and allow
negotiations to continue,’’ he said.
He explained that key government officials led by the Deputy G ov., Ahmed Ketso and labour officials would meet to discuss the way forward and outcome of the meeting would be made public.