1 December 2012

Nigeria: NLC Gives Jang Ten Days to Shut Down Plateau

The national leadership of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has given the Governor of Plateau State, Jonah David Jang a ten-day ultimatum to resolve the local government workers' crisis in the state or have the state paralysed with total withdrawal of workers' services in the state.

Delivering the position of the national body of NLC in a press conference in Jos yesterday, the state Chairman of the union, Comrade Jibrin Bancir, said "the NLC/TUC at their Central Working Committee meeting held on Tuesday November 12, 2012 resolved among other things that a ten-day ultimatum be issued effective from November 30, 2012, to elapse on the December 9, 2012, by midnight, after which if the impasse is not resolved, all workers in the state, including private organization will embark on total withdrawal of services and general protest in the state.

"And all the affiliates union to NLC and TUC will relocate their National Headquarters to Jos to see to the success of the struggle."

The union, while calling on all workers to be resolute, and to continue to mobilise towards the strike, however said statesmen on the Plateau are being consulted to prevail upon Jang to end the impasse before the ultimatum elapses.

Recounting the losses, Bancir said "the government of Jonah Jang has turned against the people that voted him to power; citizens have died, children have lost two consecutive terms in primary schools, nobody graduated from primary school to JSS1 in Plateau public schools, and there is general economic down town and poverty, but the government is happy carrying out senseless propaganda.

"Organised Labour calls on the state government to have sober reflection over the injury and death it has already inflicted on the citizens and find a lasting solution to the impasse."

On its part, the state government has alerted the public of attempts to hijack the strike by some political forces for blackmail, mischief and violence, appealing to "parents, guardians, and community leaders not to allow their children, wards and subjects to be used for any act of mischief."

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