May Day: Masari bids workers farewell as gov

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The  Governor of Katsina State, Aminu Bello Masari, on Monday, May 1, 2023, attended the last annual Workers Day, otherwise known as May Day, celebration he will witnessed holding the mantle of leadership of the state.

Speaking at the event held in Muhammad Dikko Stadium, Katsina, the governor, represented by his Special Adviser on Labour, Tanimu Lawal Saulawa, praised the support of all workers in the state and scored his administration high on impact of its policies on civil servants and service delivery since 2015.

Gov Masari assured that he initiated and implemented many projects, policies and programmes with direct bearing on the well being of the people of the state.

Given a brief breakdown of his scorecard, he said: “We have also ensured the implementation of N30,000 most minimum wage to all categories of civil servants of which most states in the federation are yet to implement.”

On the theme of this year’s May Day: “Workers’ Rights and Socio – Economic Justice,” he noted his administration ensured job security for all workers; saying “we never contemplated retrenchment through whatever name whether rationalization, rightsizing or downsizing of workforce.”

He equally stressed that his government’s investment in education through recruitment of teachers and rehabilitation of educational institutions had proved to  be of immense benefit to workers and their families.

The governor however urged the continued support and cooperation of the workers with the incoming government to usher in more policies that would further transform the state.

On its part, the organized labour (Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, and Trade Union Congress, TUC)  in Katsina,  represented by the State Chairman of TUC, Muntari Abdul Rumah, expressed gratitude to the governor for accepting the implementation of the minimum wage without rancour.

“This is one of the legacies this government would leave behind and it remains memorable in the history of labour movement in the state, being the first time the New Minimum Wage was fully implemented without confrontation between the employers of labour and the employees. 

“We therefore find it pertinent to thank the government for not only accepting to implement the minimum wage but also sustaining the payment,” said Rumah.

Dignitaries in attendance included the State Chief Judge, Justice Musa Danladi Abubakar; the Head of the State Civil Service, Idris Usman Tune; friends of labour and veteran labour leaders in the state among others.

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