22 August 2017

Nigeria: NLC Says Zamfara Pays Least Salary, Asks Govt to Improve Welfare

Gusau — The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) in Zamfara State has given a 21-day ultimatum to the state government to address the plight of workers or face industrial action.

The chairman of the union, Comrade Bashir Mafara, said while briefing newsmen in Gusau that thousands of workers, especially primary school teachers and local government employees, were still receiving N8,000 as their take home pay, making the workers in the state 'the least paid' in Nigeria.

The union raised issue with how the state managed its Paris Club refund with regard to settling the backlog of salaries, pensions and gratuity to workers.

"The labour movement has never been in the picture of how the monies were spent," Marafa said.

He said it was pathetic that the state government had retired workers receiving 'as low as N4,000 as their monthly pension' despite economic recession.

"It took us more than two years trying to draw the attention of the state government to address these problems but they failed to do so," he said.

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