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Kebbi workers reject NHF scheme

02 May 2013, 10:11

Kebbi- The Kebbi State chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Wednesday urged the state government to stop deductions from workers salaries into the National Housing Fund.

Sadiq Kaoje, Chairman of the chapter, made the appeal in Birnin Kebbi during the May Day celebration.

He said that the scheme had no relevance to workers in the state.

``Unfortunately, there was no record of the contributions since the commencement of the scheme,” he said.

Kaoje commended the state government for measures adopted to curb insecurity, unemployment and corruption.

He appealed to the government for the payment of the two-month arrears owed primary school teachers and local government workers.

Kaoje also appealed for the payment of the three years promotion arrears of local government and primary school teachers in the state.

Gov. Saidu Dakingari, in his remarks, lauded the cordial relationship between trade unions and government.

He urged the NLC to sustain the relationship and embrace dialogue in settling disputes.

The governor said that the verification of workers was aimed at reducing corruption at both the state and local government levels.

``The government is determined to prevent stealing of public fund, no matter how small," he said.

He called on workers to exhibit commitment and dedication to duty and assured them of adequate welfare.

He said the decision to transfer workers on Grade Levels 1-6 to their local government of origin was to end corrupt practice.

He advised the union to liaise with their national secretariat on issues of National Housing Fund.

``The policy was introduced by the Federal Government; the states lacked jurisdictional power on that matter, " he said.

NAN reports that the hitch-free celebration featured march past by unions.


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