'Source for funds, pay arrears of salary owed'-TUC tells Bello

The Kogi State Council Chairman of the

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'Source for funds, pay arrears of salary owed'-TUC tells Bello
Governor Yahaya Bello


The Kogi State Council Chairman of the Trade Union Congress, TUC, Comrade Ranti Ojo has appealed to Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello to source for funds and pay all manners of arrears  of salaries owed  members of the union.
Our Kogi State Correspondent reports that Comrade Ojo made the appeal in Lokoja Thursday October 3 during the occasion of the 4th triennial delegates conference of the congress, said aside the staggering arrears of salary, TUC members are grossly owed leave bonuses, annual increment and implementation of promotion spanning over five years.
According to him, "the State Government is still owing us 30 per cent of August to December 2017 and other arrears of which the minimum is three months.
"Aside from salaries , there are other legitimate entitlements of workers that have remained outstanding over years. Leave bonus for instance has not been paid since the inception of Governor Yahaya Bello's led administration. We are hereby using this occasion to passionately appeal to the governor to make a difference in this regard by paying the entire arrears of leave bonus that has remained unpaid"
The TUC Chairman who commended the State government for releasing the sum of 200 million naira for the payment of backlog of gratuities to workers, lamented that the union was not comfortable with the mode of disbursement which the government adopted.
"A situation where a worker whose gratuity supposed to be 7 million naira is given only one hundred thousand naira makes a caricature of the payment exercise. We hereby suggest that the government should make the payment meaningful by paying fully and in batches to the beneficiaries using the principle of First -in -First-out (FIFO) " he advised.
In his speech, the former head of media and programme, TUC, Comrade Onyeka Chris , charged union leaders to always bear in mind that the  survival of any organisation solely  depend on the commitments of the leaders.
He urged the new  executive who are mostly return unopposed to be up and doing in the interest of their members who depend on them for adequate welfare.
At the end of the conference, the Chairman Ranti Ojo and other members of the executive were reelected to serve another term of three years.

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