The Nasarawa state governor Tanko Al-makura has acknowledged the receipt of 4.5 billion naira as the second tranche of the Paris club refund.

The governor was speaking in a meeting with labour leaders at the government house in Lafia.

“The essence of this meeting is to discuss whole heartedly between the government and labour leaders on the sharing of the Paris club refund that has just been accessed by the government

 

“I am happy to say that the allocation of the Paris club of the second tranche of 4.5 billion naira to Nasarawa state has been fully received and domiciled in the state account and is ready for disbursement”, he said.

He said given the proportion of sharing, the state will receive 2.9 billion naira and the local government will receive 1.6 billion naira.

“Given the proportion of the sharing of 64 and 35 respectively, the state receives. 2.9 billion and the local government 1.6 billion”

“Given the proportion of the sharing of 64 and 35 respectively, the state receives. 2.9 billion and the local government 1.6 billion”

 

 

The governor assured that he will comply with the conditions attached to the disbursement of the funds and will be used to offset backlog of outstanding salaries both at the state and local government level.
“I am happy to say that we will comply fully with the conditions attached to the disbursement of the Paris club”

The governor used the medium to appeal to the organised labour leaders to ensure that transparency is adhered to in the disbursement and congratulated them for their efforts in actualizing industrial harmony in the state.

“Let me also appeal to labour to use this sharing very very transparent by ensuring that both engaged workers and pensioners benefit substantially from this amount”

He lauded them for their efforts in actualizing industrial harmony in the state and assured to abide by the collective bargaining agreement(CBA) reached between the government and the organised labour.

“Let me congratulate you for holding labour intact and working in synergy with the government to ensure industrial harmony, I believe as leaders of people whatever happened in the past, you were doing it in the best interest of industrial harmony. I believe as partners there are bound to be frictions from time to time for the benefits of their constituency. But in spite of all that, the interest of the people of Nasarawa state is always  paramount in our minds”

“I assure you that no stone will be left unturned in ensuring that every item in the collective. Bargaining agreement that promotes the welfare of labour will be adhered to wholeheartedly”

In reaction, the chairman of the Nasarawa state chapter of the Nigeria labour congress Abdullahi Adeka appreciated the governor for accepting to offset backlog of salaries and also commended him for the upward review of gratuities of pensioners who retired in 2011 before his administration and did not benefit from the minimum wage.

“I want to also commend you for accepting the upward review of pensioners salaries that is those before 2011 which you ordered that their pension money be paid in full while those after 2011 should be paid 50 percent just because they didn’t enjoy minimum wage”

 

 

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