BY VICTOR AHIUMA-YOUNG
NIGERIA Labour Congress, NLC, Friday asked the Plateau State House of Assembly, to immediately take decisive steps to return the state to normalcy, claiming that Governor Jonah Jang who had allegedly plunged the state into unprecedented crisis in the past six months had left the state for Germany with his immediate family.
NLC in a statement by its Acting General Secretary, Comrade Chris Uyot, alleged that before leaving, the Governor had mobilized unemployed youths and members of the Joint Task Force, JTF, to unleash mayhem on peaceful workers who have been on strike since June over non-implementation of the N18,000 new Minimum wage.
In the statement titled “Stop Jang from leaving the country”, NLC said: “Despite the lingering industrial crisis that the Governor of Plateau State, Jonah Jang has plunged his state into for the past six months, he has once again displayed his disdain and contempt for his people by abandoning the state for a foreign trip to Germany with his immediate family. This has confirmed our belief that he has neither respect for his people nor democratic credentials as a civilian governor as no responsible governor will leave his state in deep crisis for the comfort of a foreign land.”
“To also demonstrate his aversion for peace, he has ignored the intervention of the Minister of Labour and Productivity who has called for a meeting between the Governor and labour to mediate on the issues, confirming his love for crisis. Before leaving, the Governor has mobilized unemployed youths and members of the Joint Task Force to continue to violently attack peaceful workers who have been on strike since June and whose salaries were stopped on his orders.”
The statement added, “It is only a reckless government that will use state resources to mobilize thugs to attack residents of his state, particularly workers, who are peacefully protesting the infringement of their individual and collective rights. A man who ignored the intervention of his state house of assembly as well as senior citizens of his state on a crisis he started cannot fit into democratic governance and we urge the State House of Assembly to take decisive steps to return the state to normalcy.”