Nationwide strike will bring more suffering, Governors tell workers

• Say Petroleum Subsidy Promoting Corruption, Revenues, Jobs Losses
• No Going Back, Vows Labour
• Seeks Deregulation Of Governors’ Salaries
• Flays Non-Implementation Of Minimum Wage

Governors of the 36 states of the federation, under the aegis of Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), have cautioned the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) against embarking on a nationwide industrial action.

The governors’ position was contained in a communiqué issued by NGF’s Vice Chairman and Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal at the end of the Forum’s 18th teleconference meeting.

According to the state chief executives, any such action would worsen the already deteriorating economic situation of the workers brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Forum members, according to Tambuwal, instead suggested the provision of a cushioning arrangement to ameliorate the effect of subsidy removal. But the NLC, in a reaction, called on the National Assembly to enact a law that would deregulate the salaries and emoluments of state governors in the country.

   Vice President of the Congress and General Secretary of Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions, Peters Adeyemi, who stated this in Abuja, yesterday, while reacting to the communiqué issued by the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) calling on labour to shelve the strike scheduled to begin on Sunday night/Monday morning, said governors should not be placed on the same salary scale nationwide.  

“If there are alternatives to petrol and epileptic power supply, who will go on strike because of increment in prices? Everyone is shouting because there are no alternatives and there are no roads and infrastructure in the country. “Government that is serious will, first of all, provide the needed infrastructure before introducing policies that can increase the suffering of the people. Due to lack of critical infrastructure and poor remuneration of the working people of this country, labour will embark on this strike until reason prevails and the status quo returned to. There is no going back.” 

Adeyemi stated: “Why should governors that are from the disadvantaged states be collecting the same salaries that those from well endowed states and a state like Lagos are collecting? States governors should be paid from what they generate in their state

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