By UMAR YUSUF, Yola
Workers in Adamawa State joined their counterparts in the country to celebrate the May Day with protests during the March Past.
Contingents of the Nigeria Union of Teachers, NUT, the Nigeria Union of Pensioners came to Mahmud Ribadu Square, venue of the celebration with placards.
Some of the placards reads, dissolve Local Government Councils; pay us our four months salary arrears; pensioners are dying; we as pensioners should enjoy the fruit of our labour among others.
Addressing workers on the occasion, Adamawa State Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC Comrade Daud Buba called on the state government to urgently reverse the allocation of Kofare Housing Estate to politicians instead of workers to avoid friction between labour and state government.
He wanted government to also tackle unemployment by reviving all the ailing companies to reduce social malice in the society.
May 1, 2010
Angry workers pelt gov group
By SAMUEL OYADONGHA, Yenagoa
Angry workers yesterday at the Remembrance Day Arcade venue of this year workersâ€™ day celebration pelted members of the pro Governor Timipre Sylva group, â€˜Credible Sylva Movementâ€™ with sachet water bags and cans for participating in the May Day procession.
The workers also mocked members of the group for daring to file out during the march past by the various unions of the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress in an occasion reserved for workers and not political rally.
Undaunted by the hostile reception of the army of workers, members of the pro Sylva campaign outfit, clad in red and black attire, sang praises of the governor for his numerous achievements saying they would continue to drum support for the governor ahead of 2011 and ensure his reelection.
The governor, Chief Timipre Sylva however doused the temper of the workers promising to meet all their demands especially the payment of salaries.
Speaking at the occasion, he said the dividends of democracy could not be achieved without the joint efforts of the workers.