From Ahmad Ibrahim, Gusau
After hot deliberation at its Executive Council meeting, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Zamfara State Council, has announced 21-day-ultimatum for the state government to implement the constitutional national minimum wage of N30, 000 as did in all the 35 states of the federation, including the Federal Capital Territory.
The chairman of the union in the state, Comrade Sani Halliru, who briefed journalists shortly after the meeting, said the action was the only option left for the labour leaders as all promises, agreements and pledges made by the government failed.
He explained that the state leadership of the union had met with various stakeholders to include politicians, government officials among others to proper solutions on the lingering N30, 000 minimum wage but proved abortive.
Comrade Halliru noted that the union resolved to give the government ultimatum after which its members would embark on industrial action to fight for their rights as it remains the only language government understands from workers.
“We will shutdown all sectors in the state, both private and public, including roads, electricity, hospitals, water board among others,” the chairman warned.
According to him, a committee was set by the state government, under the leadership of Amb. Bashir Yuguda Gusau for the minimum wage, but he said they later understood that, the committee was set up for delay tactics, which they have achieved.
The labour in the state therefore called on workers to give maximum support and corporation to ensure success of the latest action as unanimously agreed by its state executive council.