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Massive sack looms in Bauchi civil service

| September 7, 2012 More

Gov Yuguda

•Don’t dare it, NLC warns

 

ABOUT 50 per cent of the work force of the Bauchi State civil service are at the risk of losing their jobs under a planned retrenchment by the State government, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in the state has alleged.

The congress has consequently commenced talks with government to shelve the plan, according to its chairman, Comrade Hasimu Gital.

There is no official statement yet on the issue and no government official is willing to talk on it, but it was gathered that top government functionaries at several meetings with labour leaders have hinted of plan to down size the work force.

Comrade Gital in a telephone interview said: “That’s what they told us, but we will not support or allow the state government to sack any worker.

“We are still talking with the government but I can’t pre-empt our talks. By the grace of God when we wind up our meetings you will know the outcome.”

 The chairman, Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools (ASUSS) Bauchi State chapter, Comrade Abdullahi M.Tanko Ningi also yesterday advised   the state government to resist the temptation of retrenching civil servants over alleged lack of funds to pay salaries and allowances. Retrenchment of civil servants, he said, will only create more insecurity, sufferings, chaos and other atrocities for the society.

 Ningi, speaking to journalists in Bauchi said instead of sacking civil servants, government should “seriously downsize its political appointments, reduce cost of his constant trips and share his allowances with the electorate.” Ningi said since Governor Isa Yuguda has re-absorbed retired civil servants on contract basis and has an over bloated political cabinet, he should lay off those ones and allow civil servants who have put in many years to complete their service. 

He said: “We  are warning Gov. Isa Yuguda not to contemplate retrenching teachers, as this will be counter-productive to the quality and quantity of education in the state’’. 

Ningi, who has being having a running battle with the state government over the deplorable plight of teachers in the state, added: ‘’Besides cutting the salaries of political appointees ,permanent secretaries earning between N450.000 and N500,000 per month and their directors earning between N150,000 and N200,000 should have their salaries slashed by one-third.”

 The Secretary of the Trade Union Congress, Mr. Sulisma Lemuel said: “We are meeting with the government. For now we are talking but because government made its offer based on current economic crisis and has a proposal to sack some workers as it may affect the September salary.

 “On the part of labour unions there have been several suggested options even as we boldly insisted we would not allow government sack any worker.”

 Contacted, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Chief Michael   Adeyemi denied knowledge of the proposed downsizing of the state civil servants.

 He said:” I am not aware of that but  you can contact the State Head Of  Civil Service.”

 The Head of service, Mr. Abdon Dala Gin  did not pick his  calls neither did he respond to a text message sent to him.  

 

Category: Bauchi State News

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