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Our case is worse than the IDPs – Kogi Workers beg Buhari to Come to their Aid

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Our case is worse than the IDPs - Kogi Workers beg Buhari to Come to their Aid - BellaNaijaWorkers in Kogi have appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to rescue them from their current hardship resulting from non-payment of their salaries, by sending them food, drugs and other materials.

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

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

According to them, Buhari should direct the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and other humanitarian agencies to supply them food and the relief materials.

The civil servants said they were being owed between 11 and 21 months salaries and that the situation had adversely affected them and their families.

They urged the presidency to consider the condition of their children who had been sent out of schools because they could no longer pay their school fees.

“The situation of workers in the state is worse than the condition of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) 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 per cent of the workforce is owed 21 months salaries.

”Twenty (20) per cent have unpaid salaries of between 11 and 18 months while about 45 per cent 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,” they said.

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 September 22 embarked upon an indefinite strike to press home their demand for payment of their salary arrears.

Contacted, Kingsley Fanwo, a media aide to Yahaya Bello, said the government had yet to enter into negotiation with labour over the demand.

The Director General, Media and Publicity, said this was because the signatories to the strike notice were unknown to government.

Fanwo faulted labour’s claim on salary arrears, saying that they were out to misinform the public for selfish reasons.

He urged workers to disregard the labour’s directive to go on strike but continue to go to work.

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3 Comments

  1. Ezinne

    September 28, 2017 at 9:24 am

    Isn’t this the silly governor who declared public holiday for Buhari’s return? The same goat whose state experienced an “unknown” disease in his state that had claimed lives and was still in the press campaigning for Buhari. Air head! So you can’t pay your workers? Our priorities are misplaced, your people are dying, what projects have you embarked on to bring in revenue for your state? What infrastructure have you put in place to better the lives of your people and encourage investors. Shame on you all! Shame!!! You urge them to work without pay until they die in their offices. Nigerians and Job security, That should be the only reason one would endure such hardship at a place of employment “Na government work” everybody dey find am, those wey get am wan die on top am, upon the hardship wey dem dey face. Shame on you all!!!

  2. Cutieylicious

    September 28, 2017 at 10:37 am

    This man clearly has NO vision! It is quite unfortunate he is even the youngest amongst them, makes it harder to even believe the present day youth will be any better than the old cronies.

  3. amaria

    September 28, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    A doctor friend of mine almost lost his life to lassa fever in this yeye state and he’s still being owed 21 months salary by the state. A truly vision less government. Mschew

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