30 November 2012

Nigeria: Jang, Lawmakers On Warpath Over Council Workers' Strike

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Health workers protest

Jos — Plateau State House of Assembly and Governor Jonah Jang may be on warpath over the six months old strike by local government workers in the state.

Already, some members are pushing for an impeachment notice to be served on the governor if he does not rescind his decision not to pay the workers, for the period they have been on strike, in the interest of peace.

A special sitting of the house is to hold today (Friday) to deliberate on a motion seeking to direct the governor to pay the workers.

The decision to hold a special session was taken at plenary yesterday, where members expressed concern over the lingering impasse between government and the workers.

Many members were unhappy that appeals to the governor to reconsider his insistence on invoking the no-work no-pay rule were not heeded.

Some said they had become targets of attack from angry workers, who are turning violent in demanding payment of their salary arrears.

Speaker of the House, Mr. John Clark said it was important to discuss the problem and find a way forward because of the negative dimension the strike was taking in some places.

Deputy Speaker, Mr. Johnbull Shekarau who represents Shendam Constituency, said the workers were on rampage in his constituency at the time of the sitting.

He said "The workers are beginning to target us lawmakers. The situation is becoming worrisome and we have to act now."

Similarly, member representing Mangu North, Ladan Garkuwa, said: "The issue of this strike is getting out of hand; it has turned violent.

We have lost one of our members to crisis in the state and we should not allow any situation that may lead to the death of another member."

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