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Plateau Assembly commences 4-weeks recess

17 August 2012, 12:00

Plateau - The Plateau State House of Assembly has commenced a four-weeks recess, according to the House Committee Chairman on Information, Mr Diket Plang.

Plang told newsmen in Jos on Thursday that the recess would be a working one, due to the insecurity in the state.

He said that the recess had to commence as the assembly members had met the required number of sittings for the session.

Plang, however, said that members had also resolved to stay close to Jos to ensure that the strike embarked upon by Local Government workers and primary school teachers were closely monitored by the lawmakers.

 “As a house we are concerned about the strikes at the Local Government level, our teachers are not going to classes, our workers at that tier too are not going to work.

“The economic activities at the Local Government level are affected, so we are concerned as a house and we have enjoined the Ministry of Local Governments to intervene and ensure that all forms of strike are resolved,’’ he said.

 The lawmaker said that the assembly was also concerned about the insecurity in the state, noting that lawmakers were not not happy over the development.

“It is a festive period, those of us that are Muslims who have not received our salaries cannot celebrate, nobody is happy about the strike, workers have not been paid for four months.

“Imagine the negative economic effect on the state's economy as salaries have a multiplier effect and state workers are also proposing a three-day sympathy strike,”he said.

The workers are demanding full payment of the N18, 000 minimum wages, instead of 50 per cent of the amount which the State Government had been paying them.

The President of the National Union of Local Government Workers Employees (NULGE) in the state, Mr Samson Mafuyai, had vowed that the workers must be paid N18,000 by the government.



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