The Organized Labour in Borno has commended Gov. Babagana Zulum administration for releasing the sum of N12 billion to settle backlog of gratuities owed pensioners.
The State NLC Chairman, Comrade Bulama Abiso, made the commendation in Maiduguri while addressing workers to mark this year’s May Day Celebration.
“The organized labour wishes to commend His Excellency for the release of N12 billion to offset the backlog of gratuities owed civil servants in the state.
“However, the organized labour will appreciate if His Excellency would look into the possibility of reviewing the monthly release of N100 million for gratuity,” Abiso said.
He also called on government to address the problem of salary affecting staff of agencies and parastatals, particularly Borno Housing Corporation, State Hotels and Borno Investment as well as the implementation of the N30,000 minimum wage for local government staff and primary school teachers.
“Equally worrisome is implementation of Committee on LGS/LEA reports which resulted in many genuine workers and teachers not getting salary for nine months.
“This we believe will aggravate the already dwindling security situation. We call and appeal for immediate re-instatement of those with genuine cases,” Abiso pleaded.
The labour leader also made case for payment of yearly salary increment and promotion benefits to motivate workers.
He urged for allocation of some completed government estates to workers and the need to employ more workers to replace many workers retiring on daily basis.
Abiso also urged government to implement the primary healthcare care under one roof by transferring those working under local government primary healthcare development agency to state primary healthcare development agency.
On security situation in the state, he condemned the frequent attacks by insurgents, and urged government at all levels to deploy more resources and military in tackling the situation.
In his speech, Gov. Babagana Zulum represented by the Head of Service, Mr Simon Malgwi, reiterated the commitment of his administration to welfare of workers.
Zulum said that apart from implementing the minimum wage and releasing money to pay the backlog of gratuities to state and local government workers, the administration also introduced automatic migration from salary to pension for retirees.
Zulum also spoke on ongoing renovation and equipping of the state secretariat for workers to have conducive working environment.
The Governor urged workers to key into the state 25-year development plan and 10-year Strategic transformation plan for greater Borno.
He lauded NLC for giving him the national award of “Best Pension Friendly Governor ” saying the award would ginger him to do more.
No march pass was observed in Borno where the occasion was marked at the NLC Secretariat with speeches.
One of the speakers, Prof. Ibrahim Umara of political science, university of Maiduguri, who said Nigeria is moving from welfarism to capitalism, advised workers to look for more sources of income by engaging in other part time jobs after closing from work to enable them cope with the economic hardship.