By Nafiu Toyin Abdulqadri.
A pan-northern Nigeria group,
Gamji Members Association of Kwara State (GAMA) has cautioned the organized labour in Kwara against embarking on strike.
The group, whose members espouse the ideals of Sir Ahmadu Bello, the late Sardauna of Sokoto and Premier of northern region, said on Sunday that while it understands the plights of workers in the State, especially the rising cost of living; the fact that the government of Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazak has demonstrated good faith and commitment to welfare of workers is not lost on all patriotic Kwarans.
“The government, whatever its imperfections, has shown good faith in handling workers’ welfare social investments, and infrastructural development, even during COVID-19 when it never stopped paying or cut workers’ salaries like a few states did,” a part of the statement signed by the Publicity Secretary of the group, Alhaji Abdullahi Yinka Agaka, read.
While appealing to the workers to embrace dialogue, considering that that the finances of the State government was already overstretched, GAMA said strike action at this point would hurt everyone.
The group, while noting that partisan sentiments would not augur well for the overall wellbeing of the State, appeals to workers to embrace dialogue, while also calling on the State government to continue to engage with the leadership of the labour union in order to avert what it described as “unnecessary hardship to the populace.”
GAMA also appeals to Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazak to sign the minimum wage into law, although with an appeal that the government should not borrow to pay salaries or resort to paying percentages to workers.