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Regional News of Sunday, 2 May 2021


No promotion in 12 years, Nasarawa workers cry out

The organised labour in Nasarawa State has decried lack of promotion in the entire civil service in the state since 2011.

The leaders of the organised labour in the state made the disclosure yesterday in Lafia to commemorate the 2021 International Workers-Day.

Speaking at the event, Comrade Yusuf Iya, Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Nasarawa State, said workers at both state and local government areas (LGAs) have not been promoted for over twelve years.

He said the government has failed to implement promotions and annual increments despite provisions in the state public service rules which provides that workers should get annual increments after 12 months and be promoted after two, three or four years.

Comrade Iya noted that workers at the LGA level were most affected with challenges of percentage payment, lack of promotions, non payment of gratuity, lack of training and delay in payment.

The NLC Chairman however commended Governor Abdullahi Sule for abolishing percentage payment at the state level.

On his part, Comrade Mohammed Umar-Doma, Chairman, Trade Union Congress (TUC) said salaries and other social welfare has remained stagnant for the past 12 years due to lack of promotions.

The TUC Chairman also said that workers employed five to six years ago into the service were yet to be confirmed and called on the government to urgently confirm them.

In his remarks, Governor Abdullahi Sule represented by the Head of Service, Nicholas Aboki, assured them that his administration would continue to do everything possible towards improving the welfare of workers and retirees.

The governor also directed the Head of Service and Civil Service Commission to commence the process of promotion examination for all deserving staff immediately to ensure that all civil servants get their promotion.

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