Bayo Oyewale Lokoja
The organized Labour in Kogi State has tasked the state government to
as a matter of urgency to do serious auditing of salary payment for the
past two years.
The State Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Onuh Edoka who
made this call during 2018 mayday celebration in Lokoja, the Kogi
State Capital on Tuesday, lamented the agonies the workers are
passing through before getting salaries in the state.
Edoka explained that the states had shared a total sum of 1.9
trillion naira which probably excludes the proceeds from NLNG
and bailout funds to offset the accumulated salaries of the workers,
stressing that despite this efforts workers could not get them
The Mayday celebration which was low key in the history of Kogi State
witnessed the low turnout of workers in the state.
This it was gathered was as a result of non-payment of salaries to the
workers who are said to passing through an excruciating period as many
could no longer pay their bill, house rent, school fees and medical
The state Chairman of NLC . seized the opportunity to call on all
arms of government particularly the executive and legislature to
revisits Autonomy of local government to make truly independent
politically, financially and economically
He also lamented that the result of the verification exercise was
removal of all grade level 16 officers from office, stressing that the
laying off the workers could be a threat to the fragile security
the situation in the country.
He stated that the Organized labour in the state has totally reject
the percentage payment of salaries for all local government staff and
Edaoka called on the federal government to a matter of urgency
revisit Ajaokuta Steel complex and earn mark money for the completion
, says this would remove youths from streets.
The State Governor Alhaji Yahaya Bello who was represented by his
Deputy. ELDER Simon Achuba said that the state government is
committed to the welfare of workers in the state. Noting that the
present situation in the state was a result of a paucity of funds.
He admonished the workers to cooperate with the present
administration to take the state to the next level.