Leadership (Abuja)

Nigeria: Minimum Wage - Plateau Assembly Threatens to Impeach Jang

The Industrial dispute between the Plateau state government and the state chapter of National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) over the refusal of the state government to fully implement the N18, 000.00 minimum wage is about to reach a boiling point.

There were indications, yesterday, that the State Governor Jonah Jang might soon be served with an impeachment notice if he failed to resolve the dispute as soon as possible.

Rising from a plenary session presided over by the speaker of the Plateau State House of Assembly, John Clerk Dabwan, members condemned in strong terms the high handedness being demonstrated by the Governor in handling the dispute in the state. Members of the House, in separate remarks, described as undemocratic the way and manner Governor Jang was handling the matter, and stressed that, the "No Work No Pay" declared by governor has never been implemented in any part of the world and wondered why the governor still insisted on it.

According to the law makers, they had, at several fora pleaded with the governor to temper justice with mercy considering the fact that since workers were first offenders, they should be forgiven and their entitlements paid considering the trauma their families were going through as a result of non-payment of salaries for the past seven months; but the governor seem not to be willing to shift ground.

In addition, the lawmakers were worried that even with the intervention of some elders including the National Secretariat of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) the matter was not yet resolved.

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