My wife sells food and pure water, all our four children hawk on the streets because of our condition and I am still looking for an alternative means of livelihood because of the future of my children. Right now, all of them are in public schools, althoug
year removed two of my children from a private school to a government one because I cannot afford their school fees in the private school any more. When the condition bites harder, I skip Monday classes and go to the Asakio village market on the outskirts of Lafia to off-load goods from trucks to survive,” he said.
Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura during the week asked the state chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to leave him and the workers as according to him, they have struck a “working understanding” over their salaries.
The governor’s spokesman, Ahmed Tukur, said the remark credited to the party that workers were having issues over their salaries was just blackmail.
“The state government and labour had signed an agreement on the 10th of December, 2016 that if accruals from the federation account were not sufficient to pay salaries in any month, the said amount would be reserved and added to accruals from the following month to pay one month salary in full,” the statement said.
It added that the Paris Club refunds had since been utilized as advised by the federal government and assured the workers that the Al-Makura administration would always make staff salaries a priority.
The PDP had earlier challenged Governor Umaru Al-Makura to direct his finance commissioner to give details of where and how the Paris Club fund released to the state was utilized.
The PDP’s position was contained in a statement signed by the state’s publicity secretary, Muhammed Bwala.
The state chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Abdullahi Adeka, confirmed the agreement between the government and the labour leadership that instead of receiving half salaries, the union opted for the money to be kept until the end of the subsequent month to meet their target of 100 percent payment.
“All the workers converged here at the NLC secretariat and agreed that once the accruals do not meet the target to pay 100 percent the government should keep the money instead of having the arrears of 50 percent which they don’t know when they will be paid. It is better they have the assurance of one full month salaries. This was a unanimous NEC meeting decision, and that is why the governor went to the media and said he had an agreement with the workers. But this agreement affects only core civil servants who receive salaries directly from the state government,” he added.
Civil servants in the state have not received their January salaries, and there is every likelihood that they will wait till the end of February based on the subsisting agreement.
A civil servant in Doma LGA, Danjuma Musa, told our correspondent that he was already looking for another job to quit his local government job, saying, “I receive N14,000 as salary and what can that do for a family of seven? If not because of relatives who are peasant farmers that support me with food items, my life would have been miserable by now.
“My wife sells food and pure water, all our four children hawk on the streets because of our condition and I am still looking for an alternative means of livelihood because of the future of my children. Right now, all of them are in public schools, although the senior child was in a private school but the present condition forced me to transfer him to a public school.
“I am appealing to the state government to look into the current conditions of workers. We all aware of the economic recession in the country but I am calling on Governor Al-Makura in the name Allah to look inwards and come to the rescue of thousands of Nasarawa indigenes whose lives are deteriorating.”
The state chairman of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Jatau Tete Francis, said the union was discussing with five other unions under local government administration to make their position known on the payment of salaries in percentages. Efforts to get the state chairman of NULGE, Abubakar Abdullahi, for comments were abortive.
Abubakar Abdullahi, Nasarawa State NULGE Chairman