Workers Day: No Celebration In Kogi
Today is another workers day but the workers in Kogi state will not be having any celebration as the Labour unions in the state has canceled the celebration of this year’s May Day in the state to protest over long months of unpaid salaries and pensions of retirees
The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) in the state said in Lokoja, both the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) said the decision was taken in agreement with the affected workers and pensioners.
In a statement jointly signed by the state Chairman of the NLC, Mr. Onu Edoka and his TUC counterpart, Mr. Ranti Ojo.The faulted the state government on non-payment of salary to a large number of workers and pensioners over the past 14 months and or destroying the civil service and the workforce of the state.
The two unions expressed worry over the increasing difficulties and pain being suffered by workers and pensioners affected by the outcome of the screening exercise conducted by the state government.
“The non-payment of salary and pension has led to the loss of lives and also brought untold hardship to workers in Kogi State,” they noted.
They unions also decried the refusal by the government to make available to the organised labour, the copy of the report of the screening appeal committee, describing the measure as a deliberate move to prevent the labour from taking a position.
“In the face of all these negative happenings, it is, therefore, advisable for workers not to make themselves available for any act of molestation, harassment, and intimidation by any security agency.
“All affiliate unions are to adhere strictly to this resolution, which is in solidarity with workers and pensioners that have not been paid in the last 14 months, including those that have lost their lives during the period,” they said.
Reacting, Mr. Kingsley Fanwo, Director – General, Media and Strategy, said the government would convene a meeting of stakeholders soon to take a common position on the report of the staff screening and verification committee.
He assured the workers that the government is not interested in sacking any of its workers but the objective of the screening was to reform the civil service for better performance