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Bauchi Civil Servants to Donate to Vulnerable Children

| February 10, 2013 More

Governor Isa Yuguda

Segun Awofadeji

Public officers and civil servants in Bauchi State have been compel by a law of the state to donate two per cent and one per cent respectively out of their monthly salaries as  sadaka (alms) to vulnerable children in the state.

The money is to be channeled through the state Agency for the Orphans and Vulnerable children.
According to the state Head of Service, Mr. Abdon Dalla Gin, the contributory amount may not be too much from the patriotic and religious public/civil servants in the state.

“I want to assure you that this matter is already on the agenda of the Joint Public Service Negotiating Council’s table and we are currently discussing with the organiSed labour for our collective reasoning on the matter in the overriding public interest,” Gin told journalists in Bauchi weekend.

The civil servants in Bauchi State have earlier, through the state branch of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), given the state government a 21-day ultimatum within which to stop deducting the one percent from their salaries or face industrial action.

The labour had also in another forum argued that there was nowhere in the world where an agency created by the government could be funded by salaries of civil servants.
They said that the law passed by the state House of Assembly for the deduction of one percent from their salaries was also in contravention of a national law passed by the National Assembly that pegged N18, 000 as the national minimum wage.

Gin said though the issue is now on the negotiating table under discussion with the state government, seeking redress in a court of law is also an option in a democratic dispensation.
He also recalled a government’s recent circular that stopped the infamous 10 percent deduction from workers’ salaries from September to December 2012 during which period the sum of N880 million  accrued to the state’s coffers.

“Government kept faith with this gesture of workers and stopped it and hailed the resilience of the workers not because the circumstances leading to the deduction were no more,” he said.

He explained that the financial situation of the government was still not any better as at 31st December, 2012 when the deduction was halted, saying however that the paltry contribution of workers has added to its meagre resources to sustain salary payments and allow proceed with the funding of its major projects.

The Head of Service said government’s dwindling resources from the federation account also necessitated the withdrawal of allowances given at the governor’s gracious executive discretion which could be restored when the finances of government improve.

Gin noted that the salary differentials arising from special allowances in the civil service has created a lot of discontent in the service, as disenchantment crept in particularly to those cadres that do not have any special allowance added to their salaries.

He appealed to workers to exercise restraint and allow the difficult times pass without any rancour as it is neither his intention nor that of the government to inflict any pains on them, as well as take the measures in good faith.

“The same governor that graciously and benevolently gave the special allowances as an incentive package to civil servants is still on seat and could reconsider restoration when the financial situation improves”, Gin assured.

He similarly asked the civil servants not to do anything that will derail the development strides of the administration and deprive the peace-loving people of the state the much needed dividends of democracy.

Category: Bauchi State News

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