The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Sokoto State says it will build 3,050 housing units for civil servants in the state.
The stateChairman of the NLC, Mr Aminu Umar, disclosed this in Sokoto on Sunday at the 2016 May Day Celebrations. Umar, who was represented by his Deputy, Mr Abubakar Malami, said that the houses will be built in partnership with some private estate developers.
“So far, about 100 hectares of land had been acquired by the company on which the houses would be built including other facilities like clinic, mini market and schools, among others.
“Therefore, I will like to solicit for your continued cooperation in order to help us achieve the set goals of improving the welfare of workers,” Umar urged.
He commended the State Government for ensuring the regular payment of salary and the payment of arrears of gratuities to retired civil servants in the state.
The chairman extolled the existing cordial relationship between labour unions and the state government. Umar further acknowledged the desire and commitment of the state government to improve the lot of the civil servants in the state.
However, he appealed to the state government to look into the plight of retired teachers and workers of local government councils, as well as salary disparity between secondary and primary school teachers.
Umar further urged the state government to implement consolidated salary for legislative staff, as well as introduce a special media salary scale, among other demands.
Gov. Aminu Tambuwal, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Bashir Garba, said that no society can develop without a functional, robust, motivated and dedicated civil service.
Tambuwal also pledged to sustain the prompt payment of salary and pensions, as well as uplifting the general welfare of the citizenry.
The governor urged the civil servants to reciprocate the gestures of the state government by being disciplined, dedicated to their duties and more productive.