Kaduna/NLC crisis: Panel urge govt to pay disengaged workers

A 10-man committee created by the Federal Government has submitted a recommendation mandating the Kaduna State Government to pay all entitlements to the workers it disengaged from its service.

The panel set up by the Federal Government to resolve the face-off between the Kaduna State government and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) submitted its recommendations yesterday.

It recommended that the disengaged staff of the Local Government, State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) and the Primary Health Care Board and all those not paid, should be paid appropriate benefits.

Also recommended to be paid their due benefits are staff of the Kaduna State Development Company who were disengaged between 2017 and last year.

The Committee, which was chaired by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Mr. Peter Tarfa, submitted its interim report yesterday to Labour and Employment Minister Dr. Chris Ngige.

Tarfa said: “There is also need for consultation between the Government and Labour in line with the prescription of the Labour Act and other relevant Labour statutes.

“There is need for mutual respect and confidence building between the social partners, especially on issues of collective bargaining.”

NLC Deputy President and panel’s Co-Deputy Chairman Najeem Usman Yasin thanked Ngige and Tarfa, expressing the hope for implementation of the recommendations.

Secretary to the Kaduna State Government Balarabe Abbas Lawal also thanked the minister for his intervention, reassuring that they came with the sole aim of finding a lasting peace in the state.



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