Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno has announced the approval of N2 billion for workers’ loan and 30 buses to ease their transportation and prevailing economic difficulties.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Zulum also directed the Ministry of Finance to implement outstanding promotion benefits to workers.
He spoke during a meeting with officials of the state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Maiduguri on Tuesday.
“Borno Government has approved the release of N2 billion to the state chapter of NLC as loan to state civil servants.
“Futhermore, we have approved the release of 30 buses mainly to convey civil servants to thier respective places of work within Maiduguri and environs.
“In response to their request, government has also directed the Ministry of Finance to ensure the implementation of promotion benefits to all those promoted between 2016 and April 2022,” Zulum said.
He also announced an increase, from N100 million to N200 million, the monthly release to the Office of the Head of Service for the settlement of backlog of gratuity.
He lauded the understanding shown to his administration by workers and promised to continue to do his best for workers and other citizens within the meagre state resources.
Responding, the state NLC Chairman, Mr Yusuf Inuwa, described the meeting with the governor as the third and fruitful.
Inuwa said that the union tabled nine demands of which five were met.
“We presented and discussed one item after another to arrive at a solution.
“We sent about nine items as proposal and we are able to get five,” Inuwa said.
He said that one of the approvals from the governor included the allocation to workers some of the government houses approved for sale by a committee.
On the N2 billion loan for workers, the labour leader said that N1.5 billion would go to the state workers, while N500 million would go to their local government counterparts.