Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, has said the economic reality confronting the nation requires diversification of the country’s revenue base beyond the over dependence on oil.
Governor Lalong stated this during the May Day workers’ celebration in Jos the state capital. He said “Our agriculture, tourism and solid mineral sectors have now become the bride of our economic revival.”
Governor lalong who was represented by the Head of Service, Mr. Izam Azi, said that “since workers are the engine room of growth and development of all economies in a well-organised setting, government cannot afford to leave the workforce behind in her quest for this economic revival.”
According to the governor, “We have already demonstrated our commitment by clearing the over seven months’ salary arrears of workers left behind by the immediate past administration in the state as well as the continuous payment of pension arrears beside the harmonization of over 500 pensioners hitherto un-captured before we came on board.”
Also speaking at the occasion, the Chairman of Trade Union Congress, TUC, Plateau State Chapter, Comrade Dinatu Assani said that the union was ready for positive action and confrontation with the state government to pay the remaining workers for the outstanding workers’ arrears and other benefits.
According to Assani, “We are ready for action and confrontation with government until our demands are met.
“We should not suffer because the National Assembly and the Executive have this problem about the 2016 budget.
“We are not ready for negotiation again about salaries. We are not coming to negotiate or bargaining for salaries again because enough is enough.
National security should take note of that.”
In his contribution on behalf of Civil Society Organisation, CSO, Comrade Steve Aluko Daniel, who is also the Director of the Civil Liberties Organisation, CLO, said unemployment of the youths in the nation is unacceptable, sayingthat enough is enough. He said that the sustenance of peace on the Plateau should be paramount in the state.
Daniel added that any government wishing to come back should be based on performance and nothing else, “We will not mind taking the stance of the way we fought the military to a standstill.”

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