The Taraba State Chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has said that the extension of retirement age for potential retired civil servants was illegal.
Rev. Peter Gambo, Chairman of the Chapter made this known on Friday while speaking to newsmen on the occasion of Workers Day Celebration in Jalingo.
Gambo said that the extension of duration of service for a public officer negated the civil service norms.
He said such attitude would not only affect some individuals but the entire civil service as well as to stagnant carreer proggration of some officers.
The labour leader appealed to the Taraba government to implement the new minimum wage without hesitation.
He also urged the government not to temper with salaries of workers especially workers in the local governments.
Gambo commended Gov. Darius Ishaku of Taraba for being up to date in the payment of salaries to workers in the state.
He also eulogies the governor for stepping out a greater fight against the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
He urged workers in the state to adhere to the guidelines outlined by the state covid-19 Task team in the state.
Also speaking, Comrade Victor Olatunde, Chairman of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) in Taraba appealed to the government to resume disbursement of N100 million to state pension offices to address the pension and gratuity owed to retirees in the state.
Olatunde said that such gesture would enhance the quality of life of the retired citizens in the state.
He also urged the government to fully implement the pending national minimum wage for workers in the state.
In his good will message, Comrade Solomon Abochol, former chairman of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria in the state commended the labour leadership for organising the event even with the out break of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Abochol also thanked the governor for allowing the unions to mark the day in the state.
He urged workers in the state to work in harmony with the government to actualise the goals of the union.
The TGNEWS however reports that the day was marked in a low key due to the social distance order.