February 21, 2024

Workers begin indefinite strike in Niger State today

TUC shuns NLC warning strike in Kebbi

The organised labour in Niger State has announced an indefinite industrial action, scheduled to begin today, Wednesday.

In a letter addressed to the Niger State government through the office of the Secretary to State Government and jointly signed by the state chairman of the NLC, Idris A. Lafene, and the state chairman of the TUC, Ibrahim Gana, the organised labour said the industrial action would last until the government resolved all the outstanding disputes between it and the organised labour.

The labour has asked the state government to reverse all political appointments as Executive Directors of Finance, Operations and Administration in agencies.

It also asked the government to reverse the appointments of chairmen, members and permanent commissioners of the Local Government Service Commission and Civil Service Commission, as well as the appointments of directors general of some agencies.

Other demands include “a clear statement by the government on payment of the wage award.”

The organised labour, however, warned the state government against the appointment of civil servants that are not qualified as permanent secretaries while asking the government to withdraw the appointment of a vice principal on secondment as permanent secretary to allow for career progression from within.

The organised labour also warned the state government to desist from victimising teachers and members of the educational sector following the recent primary school’s debate in Agaie, in which the government alleged a pupil had used vulgar and violent language against the federal government.

The memo partly reads, “We wish to formally inform the government that effective 8am on Wednesday, the 21st February, 2024, Niger State workers shall commence an indefinite strike action until our demands are comprehensively met.”