The Nasarawa State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has threatened to sue the state government over an alleged plan to sack 2,000 civil servants in the state.
Speaking to journalists in Lafia, the state chairman of the party, Yunana Iliya, said the government’s earlier decision to sack 7,000 workers at the inception of the All Progressives Congress, APC, led-administration, increased hardship and rendered many people helpless.
“If the information we got is true that the state government is planning to sack over 2,000 civil servants, then we are in trouble because the crisis created by the last dismissal of 7,000 workers has not been rectified and another one is coming,” he said.
Mr. Iliya said the party was consulting with its legal experts on what to do if the state government went ahead with the purported plan.
“We would have no alternative rather than to sue the state government on behalf of the workers to save them from untold hardship,” he said. “The most unfortunate thing is that the wage bill of the state has increased instead of reducing since the sacking of the 7,000 workers in the last three years.”
Mr. Iliya urged the state government to make sacrifices in engendering peace in the state rather than sacking legitimate state indigenes from work.
However, the state Commissioner for Information, Hamza Elayo, dismissed the allegation.
Mr. Elayo said the allegation was mischievous and that the state was not among those struggling to pay salaries.
“It is mischievous,” he said. “In fact, there is a report in the media today that some states are struggling to pay salaries, but between you and me, you know that this state is not struggling to pay salaries. Since the advent of this administration, the state government has been paying its salaries religiously and regularly.”