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Stay At Home Until You Hear From Us- Cross River NLC Says

In recent times, there has been a series of crises in Cross River State over how the government treats civil servants and pensioners.

On Monday, the organized labor which comprises Nigeria Labor Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), and the State Joint Public Service Negotiating Council (JNC) said its members from Tuesday, October 12, 2021, should sit at home until further notice.

This is coming shortly after the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) asked the court to remove the State Governor, Sen. Ben Ayade, and his deputy, Prof. Ivara Esu after they defected to APC.

It has been from one problem to the other since the governor dumped the PDP. The indefinite strike by the NLC is an indication that there are lots of things the governor is not doing.

According to the NLC Chairman, Comrade Ben Ukpepi, they have exhausted all possible options and the Government is not responding.

His words:

To be honest with you, there was a time we gathered here and decided to call back the award given to the Governor because he has completely disappointed us.

We thought he was a friend and we gave him that award to encourage him to love civil servants. We didn’t know he was going to be completely elusive to civil servants. He has disappointed 99.9 percent of civil servants in Cross River State.

For me, I think this is a wise move by organized labor because there is almost no area you enter in Cross River State that you won't see civil servants complaining about how they are treated badly. 

The way forward for this issue is for the governor to start paying gratuities to both State and Local Government Workers. He should also start the implementation of promotions to workers of both State and Local Government.

The tax exemption and allowance for teachers should also be stopped. The minimum wage to both State and Local Government workers should also be fully implemented.

Most workers are also complaining of deductions from their salaries for laptops without their consent. I think it should also be resolved.

The Sit-at-home order would affect the economic growth of the state, so I would urge the governor to act fast so that things don't go out of proportion.

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