GROUP under the aegis of Concern Elders of Nasarawa State has denied being paid by the state government to intervene in the ongoing industrial action embarked by members of the Organised labour in the state. Spokesman of the group, Alhaji Yahaya Bello made the denial while responding to questions at a press conference in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital. He noted that, as stakeholders, the elders were worried about the ongoing strike which he said was worsening the already bad economic situation of the state and country, hence their decision to join in the call for the striking workers to understand with the state government, insisting that they were not paid by anyone to do so. The concerned elders stressed that there was the need for the state government and the leadership of the state organised labour to understand each other in order to end the strike, maintaining that
striking action would only do more harm than good. “While we recognised the right of labour to call for strike to press home their demand from the government or their employers, the present impasse between the government and the organised labour in the state need to be understood properly by all the stakeholders. “And it is not our intention to join issues with the organised labour and government over these problems; we feel that as major stakeholders who constitute more than 98% of the population of the state, there was need to draw the attention of both the government and the labour to resolve their differences. Bello advised the state government to put concrete measures in place to improve its Internal Generated Revenue, IGR, currently put at 15% of what it receives from the federation account. He also urged the state government to explore the possibility of securing a permanent bailout by contacting the National Salaries and wages Commission on the possibility of its right to fix salaries and wages according to its financial resources. Nigerian Pilot recalls that members of the organised labour in the state had embarked on indefinite strike action over the downward review of their salaries by the state government. But Nasarawa State elders on Tuesday expressed support over plans by the state Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura’s to review downward workers’ salaries in the state, stating that the review has not infringed on any extant law establishing minimum wage as it is also in the collective interest of entire citizens of the state. The elders announced their support at a press briefing by its spokesperson, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, in Lafia, the state capital, called for understanding between the organised labour and the state government, in order to end the ongoing indefinite strike by workers across the state. According to them, “There was the need for the state government and labour leadership to work together in order to end the strike”


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