Workers' Day: LG workers are dying due to percentage salaries, Organized Labour tells Gov. Bello

The Organized Labour in Kogi State, has told Governor


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Workers' Day: LG workers are dying due to percentage salaries, Organized Labour tells  Gov. Bello


 

 

The Organized Labour in Kogi State,  has  told Governor Yahaya Bello to urgently address the payment of  percentage salaries to local government workers in the state, saying:  " Local Government workers are dying on daily basis, due to  payment of payment salaries to them. 

 

Organized Labour, under the auspices of  Nigeria Labour Congress,NLC , and the Trade Union Congress, TUC, made the call today, Sunday May 1, in Lokoja,  during the celebration of this year's International Labour Day, with the theme, "Labour, Politics, and quest for good governance and development in Nigeria".

 

Speaking on behalf of the Organized Labour in Kogi State, the Chairman, Trade Union Congress, (TUC), Comrade Ranti Ojo, reiterated that life has become unbearable for Kogi Workers, because of the inflation trend in the country adding that, the Governor should urgently address issues of outstanding remunerations to workers, especially the February 2022 outstanding balance of salary.

Ojo stressed  that, there was  need for Governor Bello to immediately implement the February 9th 2022 agreement on the cash-backing of all promotion,  payment leave bonuses and annual increment.

He also appealed to Governor Bello to investigate the non - implementation of the new National Minimum wage of N30,000 and its consequential adjustment in the judiciary as noted  by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN).

Continuing on the issues affecting workers in the State, the TUC Chairman said" The issue of percentage payment of salary at the Primary School sector and the Local Government Area has not only crippled education at that level and bastardized the Local Government administration but also dehumanized workers at that sector.

 "Your Excellency, we are not unaware of your position on this matter, as reflected in your speech during the second year anniversary of your second tenure on January, 2022. That notwithstanding, Organized Labour therefore appeal to the Government to restore full salary payment to the workers at that level in order to mitigate the effect of the hardships steering this category of workers in Kogi State".

While applauding Governor Bello for some of his achievements in Kogi State, Comrade Ojo also appealed to the Government to as a matter of expediency to ensure that, Kogi State House of Assembly vote in support of the full autonomy for Local Government, Judiciary, and the Legislature.

"This of course, shall guarantee liberty to the Judicial Arm, Legislative Arm and all the Local Government Councils to fully exercise their civic responsibilities efficiently; while the incessant demands or strike actions shall be minimized" he added.

In his address, Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Folashade Arike Ayoade, lauded Kogi Workers for their relentless effort in moving the state forward.

Bello, who noted that pension and salary are fully paid as at when due in Kogi State,  reiterated that, his administration will continue to priotise the welfare of workers in the state.

He, however,  debunked the information making the round that his administration is planning to downsize the work force in Kogi State.



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Odimayo Olatunde Frederick
graduate of Mass Communication and Kogi State Correspondent of Fresh Angle International Newspaper
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