The casual workers are sometimes under the employ of the Kaduna State government for up to 18 years.
The Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, in Kaduna State on Wednesday decried the continued use of casual workers by the state government, saying some of the workers were being paid N5,000 as monthly salary.
The state NLC Chairman, Adamu Ango, said in an address during the rally organised to mark Workers Day in Kaduna that some of the casual workers had served for up to 18 years.
He said the affected workers were engaged by the state Forest Management Agency and the Environmental Protection Agency.
“These workers who have been labelled as casual workers have been rendering service to these agencies in some cases for as long as 18 years and are being paid as little as N5, 000, as monthly salary,” he said.
The chairman also called on the state government to ensure timely payment of the salaries of local council workers and the arrears of their N18, 000 minimum wage.
Mr. Ango pledged the support of the union in blocking “areas of leakages” to shore up the revenue of the state to enable the administration save enough resources to provide more services to the people.
Also, the state Chairman of Trade Union Congress, TUC, Shehu Muhammad, urged the state government to commence the payment of the N18,000 national minimum wage to pensioners, to enable them live decently.
He appealed to the government to provide more funds to the state micro credit scheme, so as to be more beneficial to civil servants.
Mr. Muhammad expressed appreciation to the state government for allocating houses to civil servants but complained that most of the estates lack basic infrastructure.
The TUC chairman, therefore, called on the government to improve the facilities at the estates to make the houses habitable and to reduce the cost of the houses, “which presently are out of the reach of the civil servants”.
In a message to the occasion, Governor Mukhtar Yero said the government would create 6, 000 new jobs and resuscitate the moribund industries in Ikara, Kachia, Makarfi and Zaria through public-private partnership to boost the economy and provide employment.
Represented by his deputy, Nuhu Bajoga, the governor solicited the support of civil servant in the state to enable the administration provide the dividends of democracy.
He called on the people to compliment the efforts of the government at ensuring peace and unity by promoting the ideals of mutual respect and mutual coexistence.
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