The Plateau State Commissioner for Information and Communication, Abraham Yiljap disclosed today to Daily Post that the state’s workers have cancelled the intended strike as the Government of the state started to settle its differences with the labour unions.
Mr Yiljap congratulated the workers “for showing that we need to go beyond taking strikes as the ultimate steps in resolving situations or in issues or differences between us,” and reassured that the State government has involved “the workers unions at every point, and government had set out certain platforms that will help to always mitigate the effect of any situation that is considered controversial.”
The Commissioner expressed hope that there would be no more strikes in Plateau State since the government is “handling all those issues that had given birth to strikes at all levels.” He also said that the government initiated a team that will always negotiate with the workers. “Government is also undertaking this biometrics not to witch-hunt anybody, but to make sure we are in a condition that we can discharge our responsibilities comfortably,” he added.
Mr Yiljap further explained that, “Every worker that want to claim his salary must be verified, and we have also normalized the payment of salaries, we now pay by the 24th-25th of the month. That is as a result of the success of the biometric exercise being conducted. We’ve never had any cash flow problem that would have prevented us from paying.”
He also said that a recent seminar for the labour leaders of the state has become yet another step by the government toward engagement of the labour unions’ leaders in down-to-earth discussions. He noted “From there, we have established a level of understanding and committed ourselves to avoiding any strike for the remaining part of this tenure and even in the years ahead.”
The Commissioner said “Yes, we do have labour leaders that are now willing to see from the point of view of government and understand that all of us are working towards the welfare of the people of Plateau State,” and added that violence should never be a solution for problems that may arise.