Strike: Banks shut down in Gombe, customers lament




Banks in Gombe on Thursday, remained closed to customers due to the ongoing 7-dy strike ordered by the Nigeria Labour Congrss over minimum wage.

The development did not go down well with customers who turned out make withdrawal or save money.

Many of the customers expressed dissatisfaction about the effect of the strike on banks, saying the development had had negative effect on their businesses.

Mr Ndubuisi Dibia, a businessman in Gombe said banks ought to have opened for customers, even as the strike commenced.

According to him, the effect of the strike on commercial outfits such as banks would have serious telling effect on the commercial activities in the state and the economy of the nation at large, if not checked on time.

“NLC has not taken into consideration the strike implication on businesses.

“Businessmen like us have nothing to do with strike, so why will the banks deny us services.

Mrs Roseline Nworah, a trader in Gombe New market said she was not happy with the action of the banks.

Abubakar Mohammed, a farmer said NLC should also be concerned about the implementation of minimum wage when approved and not just to fight for a new one.

Mohammed said: “The last minimum wage of N18, 000 is not being paid by most governors. What has NLC done to that?

“Now they are on strike to get the government to implement N65, 000 as new minimum wage.

“Let NLC force governors to pay the last minimum wage so that when we have a new one, the workers can feel the impact.

Abdulfatah Ayila, the Branch Manager, Union Bank, Gombe, however, confirmed that the bank complied with NLC order on the strike.

In the same vein, ministries and other government agencies, including schools, were under lock and key.

Mr Hussaini Pantami, Principal of Government Junior Secondary School (GJSS) Yelenguruza Gombe, appealed to the parties involved in the negotiation for the new minimum wage to resolve the issue to enable students resume studies.(NAN)