Monday, 7 December 2015

We’ll shut down states, Labour tells governors

Friday Olokor, Abuja
The Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria on Mondayin Abuja said it would resist the plan by state governors to reduce the ₦18,000 monthly minimum wage.

Should the governors carry out their threat, the organisation warned that such action would elicit “serious consequences, including civil disobedience and complete shutdown of state governments.”
The association advised governors who are tired of governance because of the fall in revenue allocation and downward slide in the price of oil in the international market to “resign immediately” and allow more serious minded individuals, who are prepared to harness resources of the states for the benefit of the people, to take up the mantle of leadership.
“The governors should not toy with the retrogressive idea of either reducing workers’ salaries or embarking on retrenchment, because such a policy would be vehemently resisted by the trade union movement,” the union said.
The ASCSN in a statement by its President, Bobboi Bala Kaigama and Secretary-General, Alade Lawal, expressed sadness that Nigerian governors who have not deemed it fit to reduce their fat salaries and allowances were bent on jettisoning the ₦18,000 minimum wage so that they could begin to pay as low as ₦5,000 monthly to civil servants.

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