Organized labour urges Kogi govt audit of salary payment for the past two years

Organized labour urges  Kogi govt audit  of salary payment  for the past two years
Bayo Oyewale  Lokoja
The organized Labour in Kogi State has tasked the state government  to
as a matter of urgency  to do serious auditing of salary payment for the
past two years.
The State Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Onuh Edoka who
made this call during 2018 mayday celebration  in Lokoja, the Kogi
State Capital on Tuesday, lamented the agonies the workers are
passing through before getting salaries in the state.
Edoka  explained that  the states had shared a total sum of 1.9
trillion naira  which probably excludes the proceeds from NLNG
and bailout funds to offset the accumulated salaries of the workers,
stressing that despite this efforts workers could not get them
The Mayday celebration which was low key in the history of Kogi State
witnessed the low turnout of workers in the state.
This it was gathered was as a result of non-payment of salaries to the
workers  who are said to passing through an excruciating period  as many
could no longer pay their bill, house rent, school fees and medical
The state Chairman of NLC . seized the opportunity to call  on all
arms of government  particularly the executive and legislature  to
revisits  Autonomy of local government  to make truly independent
politically, financially and economically
He  also lamented that the result of the verification exercise  was
removal of all grade level 16 officers from office, stressing that the
laying off the workers could be a threat to the fragile security
the situation in the country.
He stated that the Organized labour in the state has totally reject
the percentage payment of salaries  for all local government staff and
Edaoka  called on the federal government to a matter of urgency
revisit Ajaokuta Steel complex and earn mark money for the completion
, says this would remove youths from streets.
The State Governor Alhaji Yahaya Bello  who was represented by his
Deputy. ELDER Simon Achuba said that the state government is
committed to the welfare of workers in the state. Noting that the
present situation in the state was a result of a paucity of funds.
He admonished  the workers to cooperate with the present
administration to take the state to the next level.