Gov Kefas expresses readiness to roll out palliatives for Taraba public servants


Governor Agbu Kefas of Taraba State said his administration has concluded plans to roll out palliatives for civil servants spread across the state.

Agbu, who stated this on Wednesday while addressing protesting workers in Jalingo, the state capital, said his government has also resolved to have a round-table dialogue with labour leaders, market associations, and members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), among others.

He said the meeting with the aforementioned groups, which has been slated for this Friday, would enable him to make public what his administration has mapped out as palliative measures for the state public servants.

The plans, which according to him will begin to manifest next Monday, would go a long way towards ameliorating the negative effects that the removal of the petrol subsidy has had on workers and the entire citizens of the state.

While pleading with them to exercise patience with both the state and the federal government, his administration, he said, will tread legitimate paths in ensuring that workers in the state are no longer relegated to the background.

Gov Kefas said: “I wish to disclose here that my palliative strategies will be rolled out next week to alleviate the effect of fuel subsidy removal for our workers and the people of the state.”

He added: “I have already instructed the Secretary to State Government (SSG) to invite labour leaders, marketers, and road transport workers for a round table meeting to strategize on how the palliative idea would impact the poor masses.”

The state chairman of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Peter Jidiel, who had earlier led the protesting workers to the gate of the Government House, said the protest has become necessary to galvanise the government to come to the aid of workers and the teeming masses of the state.

The workers, who expressed their dismay at the hardship the incumbent government at the national level has plunged Tarabans and Nigerians at large into, said any attempt to delay the rollout of palliatives will not be condoned.

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