Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba State may be in for a showdown with the State labour unions after placing a ban on protests and demonstrations by workers of the state on Saturday, March 25, 2017.
The Deputy Chief Press Secretary, Mr Illiya Bekyu, had earlier today made the announcement in Jalingo, on behalf of the governor.
However, in a swift reaction, the Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Taraba Chapter, Mr Peter Gambo, described the governor’s directive as a mere threat.
Gambo said workers in the state would not be intimidated by the governor’s statement.
He said: “To avert any form of protest in the state, the government must endeavour to settle all salary arrears meant for public servants.
“This is the only way the organised labour can desist from embarking on peaceful demonstrations.”
The governor had said any group or individuals that wanted to protest must seek government approval before embarking on such exercise.
The ban is coming barely four days after primary school teachers in the state protested the non-payment of their salaries, now running into eight months.
The teachers were joined in the protest by their pupils.
“I want to state here that individuals or groups wanting to embark on any form of demonstration in the state without government approval are warned to desist forthwith or face the full wrath of the law.”
“The state government is particularly warning parents and some individuals who want to use little children as shield during demonstrations in pressing for whatever demands to refrain from such act or be prosecuted,” he warned.