Protest: Niger NLC Demand N50,000 Palliative for Workers

Protest: Niger NLC Demand N50,000 Palliative for Workers

The Organized Labour made up of the local chapters of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) has demanded for a Fifty Thousand Naira palliative measure for all categories of civil servants in the State.

This was as activities were temporarily halted on Wednesday in Minna, the Niger State Capital as the State NLC joined in the nationwide protest.

The State chairman of NLC, Comrade Abdulkareem Idris Lafane in company of the Niger State Deputy Governor, Comrade Yakubu Garba led the protest procession, which commenced from the Labour House on IBB Road in the state capital Minna, to the State Assembly Complex and thereafter headed to the Government House, Minna.

The State Chairman of NLC Comrade Edris Abdulkareem Lafene in his speech during the nationwide protest at the State House of Assembly in Minna listed other beneficiaries of the proposed palliative to include Pensioners, students as well as members of the informal sector.

Lafane also called for the suspension of Pay As You Earn tax for workers, pending further review of minimum wage as well as enforcement of price control policy on essential commodities.

In his response, the State Deputy Governor Comrade Yakubu Garba commended the Organized Labour for a peaceful protest in the State, adding that “it is a way of resolving demands between government and organized labour”.

Comrade Yakubu Garba assured the NLC that the government would go through its demands.

Also, the Speaker Barrister Abdulmalik Sarkindaji, said the Assembly has adopted three motions with respect to the removal of oil subsidy.

According to him, the motions included upward review of salaries for civil servants, provision of palliatives and the urgent need for the federal government to open its Silos in Minna and sell grains to the people at subsidized rate.

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