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Published On: Tue, Mar 5th, 2019

No plan to retrench workers, Niger govt assures

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From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna.

The Niger state government has reassured every category of its civil servants of their job security and regular payment of salaries.
This is as it allayed fears of entrenchment plan on the social media, dismissing it as an imagination of the opposition.
While the government also emphasized the need for internal and external training of workers to enhance their capacity to improve in their service delivery.
Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Alhaji Danjuma Sallau disclosed this to journalists after the State Executive Council meeting held at the Government House during which the government was appreciative of the numerous contributions of workers to the numerous successes recorded by the current administration in the last four years.
Salau said Governor Abubakar Sani Bello expressed satisfaction for the diligence and dedication to duty of the workers that has contributed to the success of the transformation agenda of his administration
“As we continue to strive to make our state one of the most enviable states in the country, we will continue to make the civil and local government services the engine that will drive the growth of the state
“In the last couple of years the administration has worked very well with the workers as a result the administration has witnessed industrial harmony unlike in many states of the country, we hope to continue this collaborative effort in the overall interest of our state”.
The commissioner however, said that the state and local government services commission would also be used to reduce the huge unemployment of fresh graduates through massive employment and engagement.
According to him, “Most of the ministries departments and agencies are understaffed, the government intends to fill these vacant positions with our young men and women who have just graduated from the schools so that they can contribute their quota to the socio economic development of the state”
Consequently, Salau said the executive council also deliberated on the plan by the federal government to increase the national minimum wage of workers in the country and views this step as being in tandem with the policy of the administration to pursue goals that will ensure job satisfaction for all category of workers.
Meanwhile, the meeting resolved that the state government will pay whatever minimum wage approved by the federal government to its workers assuring that the implementation of the new minimum wage will not lead to job losses in whatever guise.
He added that a committee which included members of organised labour on how to implement the new minimum wage when passed into law has been set up, the government has charged the committee to deliver on its mandate without any waste of time.
“The implementation of the new minimum wage will not lead to job loss, the administration is aware that government is the largest employer of labour in this state and will not do anything that will create industrial disharmony” Salau insisted.
The Commissioner assured that all parts of the state government policy trust it will continue to enjoy equal distribution of amenities for even growth to be achieved in the area of infrastructural development, he stressed, while he charged for cooperation and support of all for the administration to achieve Its set goals.
Salau than advised the public to avoid rumour mongering which he said was capable of creating unnecessary tension and disunity among the ethnic groups in the state

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