Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Unpaid salaries: Kogi workers beg for food, drugs

Civil servants in Kogi state have appealed to Federal Government to intervene in the current hardship the state governor, Yahaya Bello, is subjecting them to as a result of non-payment of salaries.

The workers made the appeal on Wednesday in Lokoja in a statement jointly issued by the state chapters of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the Joint Public Service Negotiating Council.

Olakunle Faniyi, Kolawole James and Isah Abubakar, Secretaries of NLC, TUC and JPSNC respectively, signed the statement which was circulated to media houses.

The workers appealed to President Buhari to direct the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and other humanitarian agencies to supply them food and other relief materials.

The situation of workers in the state is worse than the condition of the Internally Displaced Persons in various camps. The agony of the workers is not in any way less than the experiences of victims of natural disasters. A situation where workers cannot afford even one meal a day and pay the school fees of their children is already a humanitarian issue. As it stands today, over 30 percent of the workforce is owed 21 months’ salaries.  Twenty percent have unpaid salaries of between 11 and 18 months, while about 45 percent took their salaries up till June this year. These are the category of workers the Kogi State Government is forcing to embrace the ‘clock-in, clock-out’ work policy.

The civil servants also implored the indigenes of the state at home and abroad to show concern and assist in whatever form they could.

 Workers in the state had on Sept. 22 embarked upon an indefinite strike to press home their demand for payment of their salary arrears.

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