Daily Trust (Abuja)

15 December 2012

Nigeria: We'll Stop Jang From Foreign Trip - NLC

Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) yesterday said they will consider steps to stop Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau State traveling abroad after "plunging" his state into unnecessary labour crisis.

A press statement signed by Acting General Secretary of the NLC Comrade Chris Uyot said "despite the lingering industrial crisis the Governor of Plateau State, Jonah Jang has plunged his state into for the past six months, he has once again displayed his disdain and contempt for his people by abandoning the state for a foreign trip to Germany with his immediate family.

"This has confirmed our belief that he has neither respect for his people nor democratic credentials as a civilian governor as no responsible governor will leave his state in deep crisis for the comfort of a foreign land. Before leaving, the Governor has mobilized unemployed youths and members of the Joint Task Force to continue to violently attack peaceful workers who have been on strike since June and whose salaries were stopped on his orders."

Meanwhile, the NLC has threatened to stage a solidarity strike by December 20, 2012 to press home demand for the governor to honour the workers' right by paying them their wages.

The meeting which was chaired by NLC President Comrade Abdulwahed Omar also confirmed Chris Uyot, as Deputy General Secretary of NLC.

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