Civil servants strike angers Niger government

NIGER State governor, Abubakar Sani BelloOKORO CHINEDU
LAGOS, (CAJ News) – NIGER Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, has denounced the strike by civil servants in the state insisting the action was detrimental development.

He accused the labour of being “unnecessarily rigid” as government had shifted ground with to 90 percent salary in July as against the 70 percent that was paid last month.

“The new salary regime was not unilaterally arrived at but was carefully reached after wide consultations with all stakeholders and in the interest of the state,” he said at state executive council meeting in Minna.

He also dispelled allegation that government action only singled out the civil servants to bear the effect of the on-going economic challenges in the state.

Bello also insisted that the 70/30 percent ration adopted by his administration was to ensure even spread of both the gains and risks of the present financial realities.

“I have made it categorically clear that the 70/30 percent ration is not a policy. It is a temporary arrangement,” he said.

Bello hailed efforts by stakeholders at ensuring peaceful resolution of the industrial action by labour.

He said he was open to discussion on how to resolve the ongoing impasse.

– CAJ News

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