The Chairman, Nigerian Labour Congress, (NLC) Kano State Council, Comrade Kabiru Ado Minjibir says the state government has met up over 60 percent demands, the council presented last year.
Comrade Minjibir made this known while addressing the Congress on the occasion 2022 Pre- May Day Symposium, held in Kano.
“Over 60 percent of our last year’s demands have been implemented by Kano State Government. Let me commend the commitments of Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje for that,” he said.
He stated that there was emergence issue of economic meltdown globally which forced government to deducted workers salaries for some months.
The chairman, further stated that the Congress has been in serious consultation with the government to ensure that refund is made appropriately.
He pointed out that courtesy of the congress’s call during the last year’s pre may day symposium, Kano State Government already released the sum of N1 billion with the promised of subsequent financial commitments every month, for the payment of outstanding gratuities to retired civil servants in the state.
The Kano NLC Chairman maintained that the Congress under his leadership had successfully reviewed the Kano State Pension Law 2006, after identifying gaps.
This will according to him further address some of the challenges facing the retired civil servants/pensioners in the state.
Speaking on current ASUU’s Industrial action, Minjibir further affirmed the position of NLC in Kano, calling on the Federal Government to as a matter of urgency meet the demand of ASUU before the expiration of 21 days ultimatum given by the National Leadership of the NLC.
” I call on FG to do the needful on this lingering ASSU/FG issue which effect the development of University education in Nigeria”
“We’re waiting for further directives from National Secretariat” he said.
He enjoined all members of affiliate bodies in the state to hold a low-key celebration to allow Muslims observe their fasting, one of the cardinal principle in Islam.
He, however, stated that there will be award night and other activities at that tail end of the celebration.
Also speaking, Comrade Tijjani Isa congratulated working class for the return of May Day.
” May Day is not only a day for celebrating the Achievement of the working, but day of sober reflections and toll count on the struggle to free workers from the clutches of despair and freedom,”
Speaking on the diverse meaning of labour, Comrade Isa described Labour as productive work or toil for wages made by workers.
” By the above assertion workers, work for wages and is generally refered to as labour”
In his speech, the Kano State Governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, represented by the State Head of Civil Service, Alh Usman Bala stressed that Kano state has been the most friendly state.
He said there has never been an industrial action in Kano after the coming of Ganduje’s administration.
He restated the Kano state Government’s readiness to work with NLC, with the view to enhancing workforce and development in the state.
Justice Watch News gathered that the theme for this year’s May Day celebration is ‘Labour Politics and the quest for good governance and development in Nigeria’.