Benue, workers reach truce on salary dispute
Ortom charges corps members to key into development plan
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State rising from a meeting with labour union leaders in the state agreed that the October and November federal allocation to the state be merged to pay all workers for their October salary.
The agreement between government and labour officials became necessary after both parties reviewed the drastic drop in the October allocation to the state, which was inadequate to pay salaries for the month.
The two parties weighed the option of paying some Ministries, Departments and Agencies while the others would wait for the next month but chose the option of merging the allocation for two months to pay for one so that all workers would be on the same page.
The parties also considered internally generated revenue options and agreed that it was imperative to look inwards and beef up internal revenue generating sources as a permanent solution.
They also agree that all leakages and loopholes in the system be blocked in order to conserve the available lean resources; even as they agreed that similar arrangements would subsist until the financial situation of the state improved.
Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, State chairman, Comrade Godwin Anya, and Trade Union Congress, TUC, Secretary, Comrade Torkuma Ifan, signed for the unions while Secretary to state government, Mr. Targema Takema signed for the state government.
Meanwhile, Governor Ortom has charged corps members posted to the state to key into the development master plan of his administration in the 23 local councils of the state so as to uplift the living standards of their host communities.
Ortom gave the charge at the closing ceremony of 2015 Batch ‘B’ Stream ‘1’ orientation course at the NYSC permanent orientation camp at Wannune, in Tarka LGA of the state.
The Governor, who expressed his administration’s commitment to creating an enabling environment for the scheme to success in the state within the available resources, further reiterated his earlier promised to soon make the orientation camp one of the best in Nigeria.
While resetting his policy of ‘zero tolerance’ for rejection of corps members by any state government establishment, Ortom also directed that every organization must equally provide decent accommodation and other welfare packages for corps members.