The Nigeria Labour Congress has held a meeting with the Gombe State Candidate of the People's Democratic Party, Senator Usman Bayero Nafada, where the labour union laid its demands before the governorship candidate and got him to make pledges on how best to improve the welfare of civil servants in the state if voted into power.
The Chairman of the Nigerian Labour Congress in Gombe, Mr. Haruna Kamara, said even though the meeting was about getting the commitment of the various governorship candidates on the payment of the 30 thousand naira minimum wage, various unions also asked questions on their own welfare This is the second in a series of meetings with governorship candidates of various political parties in the state.
Mr. Kamara said the labour congress was out to secure the commitment of all governorship candidates to ensure that, if elected into power, he will guarantee the welfare of civil servants and retired civil servants.
Responding to the issues presented to him, the Gombe State Candidate of the People's Democratic Party, Senator Usman Bayero Nafada, said the areas he needed to focus on was education, where the capacity of the teacher needed to be enhanced and facilities upgraded in schools to meet global standards.
Senator Nafada, gave the assurance that if voted into power, he would increase the salaries of civil servants, because of the present economic realities.
Speaking on the issue of the 30 thousand naira Minimum Wage, Senator Nafada said, increasing the salary of civil servants would prepare them for a comfortable retirement.
He said a good legacy of prompt payment of salries had already been laid by Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, which he intended to at least maintain, but pledged to make the welfare of the civil servants in the state a priority, so that they would not regret electing him as a governor.
The Governorship Candidate of the People's Democratic Party also pledged to ensure that Local Governments were fully functional, through adequate funding, so as to make the chairmen available in the local government and respond to issues immediately and promptly at all times.
On Security, Senator Nafada said he would, when voted to power, mobilise traditional rulers to work with the local government administrations to tackle critical issues, such as security.
He said he would empower the masses of Gombe through agriculture, through irrigation, by using the two available dams in the state.
The Gombe State Chapter of the Nigerian Bar Association, Mr. Victor Lema, presented the challenge of limited office accommodation for judges and asked Senator Nafada to commit himself to tackling the issue.
Responding, Senator Nafada said he would build more courtrooms to accommodate the judges, to decongest prisons, even though, the state had been earmarked for more prisons.
Over all, Senator Nafada pledged not only to maintain the current status security in the state, but build on it to create the enabling environment for economic activities to thrive.
Source: Voice of Nigeria