From Ado Abubakar Musa, Jos
The Plateau Government on Tuesday commenced payment of no-work-no-pay salaries owed the 17 Local Governments’ staff of the state.
Former Governor Jonah Jang had, in 2014, refused to pay workers their four months’ salaries when they spent four months on strike in protest over non-implementation of payment of their minimum wage.
Mr Paul Seku, Chairman, Plateau Central Zone Committee on Payment of No-work-no-pay for LG Staff, made the disclosure during the committee’s visit on the Chairman of Pankshin Local Government.
“We are in this council today to commence the payment of the No-work-no-pay to all the local Government staff of this council and the remaining four local governments within the Plateau Central Zone including, Mangu, Bokkos, Kanke and Kanam.
“This is in fulfillment of the promise made to the staff by our loving Governor Simon Lalong, when he asked the workers to withdraw the court case in Abuja for amicable settlement.
“We in starting with Pankshin Local Government, and thereafter move to other local governments whom we hope to complete payment within this week, ’’ Sheku pledged.
Sheku, who is also the Director General, Plateau Debt Management Committee, explained that the verification exercise would give the committee the opportunity to pay one month out of the four months owed the workers in cash.
According to him, “after this payment, the remaining three months salaries will be paid to them through their accounts in their respective banks.’’
Responding, Mrs Naomi Golmwen, Chairman, Pankshin Local Government, expressed happiness over the magnanimity of the Governor Lalong and described it as a “welcome development’’ and “very encouraging.’’
She expressed the hope and belief that the payment of the
No-work-no-pay to the staff will go a long way at mobilizing the people of Pankshin to retain the Governor come 2019.
“This is a long awaited goodwill of the Governor that has become a reality today; our community depends largely on salary, and I believe the payment will touch many homes and build their confidence on the government.
“To us as Politicians and leaders, it will build a strong support for us to go all and mobilize the people for their cooperation and support for this administration both now and come 2019, when we shall seek their mandate, ’’ She asserted.
Golmwen assured the committee of the orderliness of the Council’s staff but quickly advised the cashiers to cooperate with the committee for successful verification and payment exercise.
The Council NULGE Chairman, Mr Pankyes Benwuk, described the payment of the no-work-no-pay exercise as a “dream come true’’ and commended Lalong for keeping to his promise.
“We hope that the four months being owed us will be completed settled before the end of this year as early pledged by the government, ’’ Benwuk stated.