Nasarwa evaluates its position on July/August salaries of workers

Nasarawa State Government Wednesday said it was evaluating its position on the payment of July/August salaries to workers that abstained from work during the period of their industrial action.

The state Head of Service, Joseph Ancho, stated this in a statement in Lafia, the state capital, adding that in keeping with its good faith approach, government had reverted to status-quo and paid salary arrears of May/June to the workers.

He said government’s position was in tandem with the understanding reached with the Federal Ministry of Labour, National Human Rights Commission and the national leadership of the Nigerian Labour Congress while negotiations with the state labour union continues.

The Head of Service said government has paid the workers their September salaries, following a meeting of the governor with labour leaders where details of the federal allocations to the state were explained and amount available for salaries was fully discussed before disbursement.

“Government is shocked that in spite of all these open door and transparent approaches, some labour leaders went behind the scene to misrepresent what transpired in the meeting.

“For the avoidance of doubt, both political appointees and all those in the employment of Nasarawa State Government within the consolidated salary scale received 66 per cent being the amount available after deduction of first line charge,” he said.

Ancho therefore noted that banks exposed to employees or workers, made deductions from those granted loans, hence the low amount for such workers.

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