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Gombe NLC calls for payment of gratuity to retirees

The Gombe State Council of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has called on Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo to release more fund to settle the gratuities…

The Gombe State Council of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has called on Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo to release more fund to settle the gratuities of retirees in the state.

The called was made by Chairman of the council, Comrade Haruna Kamara, on Tuesday at the commemoration of the 2018 Worker’s Day in Gombe.

He said despite numerous achievement recorded by the governor in terms of provision of infrastructure and prompt payment of salaries and pensions to civil servants and retirees, “there is still need for more release to pay gratuities of retirees.”

“There is also pending issues of 10 percent balance of health workers at the local governments and 50 percent balance of leave allowance for local government employees and primary school teachers,” Kamara said.

The chairman added that this year’s theme, ‘Labour Movement in National Development, Dare to struggle, Dare to Win,’ is apt considering numerous challenges being faced by workers and other citizens of the country.

Kamara pledged that the NLC would assist government in boosting its internally generated revenue by engaging members of the informal economic sector to pay their taxes.

In a remark, Governor Dankwambo said he would work in partnership with the NLC leadership to find solutions and implementation of the issues raised by the NLC chairman in the interest of the state.

Represented by his deputy, Mr Charles Iliya, the governor said his administration is ready to review upward the salaries of workers in the state, “when the matter of N66, 500 minimum wage proposed by the NLC is finalised. This I believe would motivate our workers to put more efforts and improve productivity.”

He commended the NLC leadership for their support and cooperation on issues affecting workers and the general progress of the state.

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