Governor UmaruTanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State has said that the ongoing industrial action by the organisedlabour was making him ashamed.
He expressed the feelings on Thursday in Lafia while inaugurating a re-negotiation committee to look into the issues at stake with a view to ending the lingering strike action embarked by workers in the state.
“It makes me feel sense of shame, something that should not go wide following our long relationship and now we are at variance with each other, however as human beings, we live together, the best of friends can sometimes be divided and ours is not an exemption.”
“The cordial relationship we have built for over five years has gone soar, as citizens of Nasarawa State, we are working towards the same goal, at all time, we must reflect on the future, however what has come before us is now history, as a father, I have called my children to discuss in a more civilised manner”
“The current face-off between the organisedlabour and the state government is a family issue which I believe is capable of being solved amicably in the interest of the good people of Nasarawa State. We have to disagree to agree to enable the state move forward,” the governor explained.
The committee which has eight weeks to submit its report comprises of representatives from the state government led by the state Deputy Governor, Silas Agara, and the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, Nasarawa State chapter led by the state NLC chairman, AbdullahiAdeka, and TUC state chairman, DanladiNamo.
The governor regretted that the crisis that engulfed the state civil service has negatively affected the economy of the state, adding that as a father he has decided to call his children to discuss in a more civilised manner and charge members of the committee to work harmoniously to submit a comprehensive report.
He appreciated the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, and Trade Union Congress, TUC, as well as the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, for their efforts in trying to resolve this crisis amicably and urged the labour leaders in the state to forget the past and the past should be a lesson for the future.
The governor also reiterated his administration’s determination to ensure that the welfare of workers in the state continue to receive the desired attention.
Responding on behalf of the committee, the state deputy governor, SilarsAgara, thanked the governor for finding them worthy and promised to do a thorough work for the interest and benefit of the good people of Nasarawa State.
Saturday Pilot recalls that the organisedlabour in the state had declared an indefinite strike since July 7th 2016 over the state government’s decision to review downward their salaries.

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