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Nasarawa: Perm Secs, Directors Return To Work As Strike Bites Harder

Following the ongoing strike by organised labour in Nasarawa State, permanent secretaries, directors other heads of agencies have retuned to their duty posts.

The resumption was sequel to a directive by the Head of Service of the state, Mr. Joseph Ancho, that all management staff of ministries and agencies should return to work.

The directive became necessary following labour’s shutting down of all government premises in a bid to enforce compliance with the industrial action.

The head of service, who took a tour of government establishments to assess the level of compliance expressed satisfaction with the response as most permanent secretaries and directors were at their duty posts.

When he visited the Ministry of Health, the permanent secretary, Mr. Hamza Abubakar Gayam, informed that some management staff of the ministry had been dispatched to Doma, Akwanga and Kwarra where cases of Lassa fever had been reported.

The director of public health in the ministry, Dr. Ibrahim Adamu, also informed of the death of a HIV infected mother at the Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital (DASH) who lost her life after delivering a set of twins with no medical personnel to attend to her.

At the Ministry of Education, the permanent secretary, Ibrahim Galadima, said the strike action has taken its toll on the education sector in the state.

Although he noted that most schools remain open, he however lamented that the ministry had to resort to the services of NYSC members to prepare final year students for the forthcoming West African Examination Council (WAEC) examination in public schools.

Addressing journalists after the tour, the head of service, Mr. Ancho, regretted that the ongoing strike by labour has crumbled economic activities in the state and urged them to reconsider their action and make necessary sacrifice for the overall interest of the state.

ASUU Gives Govt 3-Week Ultimatum

The Nasarawa State University chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has extended its ultimatum by three weeks for the management of the university and the state government to meet its demands or face industrial action.

The ASUU chairman of the institution, Dr. Theophilus Daniel Lagi made this known at the end of the union’s emergency meeting in Keffi, yesterday.

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