Workers Will Determine Next Governor Of Kogi State – Labour
The Nigeria Labour Congress in Kogi State had on Wednesday said that workers would be the ones determine the next governor of Kogi State for the elections of November 2nd.
This was a statement by the State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr Onu Edoka, during the May Day celebrations at the Confluence Stadium Kogi State.
In his words, if only INEC would make our votes count, the workers would be the ones to determine the next Governor Of the State, in the November 2nd elections.
He also urged the State Governor Yahaya Bello to pay all salary arrears owed to workers in the State within the shortest time.
In his words “If you pay our salaries, leave the bonuses and implement our promotions, we promise you that we would stand by you,” he stated.
The State NLC Chairman Edoka also said that workers are being owed about 37 months salaries.
He also sated that the Government should pay all salary arrears owed to workers and also implement new minimum wage, in addition he said Government should not allow workers to end up in the streets.
He also went further into the issue the pensioners in Kogi State and appealed to the Kogi State government to come to their aide, look into their plight and save them from the precarious situations they had found themselves .
Edoka also noted that some of them, whose names were removed from the payroll never found their way back while the few lucky ones whose names came back had lost so many months ago.
Mr Edoka also urged the government to embark on massive recruitment of workers into the state civil service, saying that the rate of the junior level staff were too high, more so that retired public officers were being brought in to occupy some positions.
Edoka also urged the Nigeria’s President, President Muhammadu Buhari to release the N30.8 billion, which is the balance of the Kogi bail out fund, saying that outside of the N50.8 billion the former Governor. Idris Wada applied for, N20 billion was released to Governor, Yahaya Bello.
He said that Governor, Bello had paid four months arrears and seeks President Muhammadu Buhari to release the N30.8billion remaining.
Responding to this, Governor. Yahaya Bello said that the Government of the State would not pretend as if there were no unresolved issues, but utmost on his present agenda was how to settle unpaid salaries to authentic workers.
He was represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) Mrs Folashade Ayoade-Arike, however made the statement that, the Government only owed five months salaries to the workers.
He also said that the last payment was made November, 2018.
Adding to his words, he said that concerning the N30,000, minimum wage they would have meetings with the Labour Leaders in order to decide on the implementation.
The teachers salary would be the first to be cleared according to the Governor.
He also said that the Leaders of the labour congress have always been consistent with the Government and they would never disappoint them that they would be straight forward to them.