Kogi workers give condition for Bello’s re-election – Daily Trust

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The organised labour in Kogi Wednesday said that workers would determine the next governor of the state come November 2. The chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress in the state, Onu Edoka, stated this at the 2019 Workers’ Day celebration at Confluence Stadium, Lokoja. “Workers have the power to determine the next governor of the state and would prove it in the state governorship election slated for November 2, if only the Independent National Electoral Commission would make our votes count.” He urged Governor Yahaya Bello to clear up the arrears of salaries owed workers in the state within the shortest possible time. “If you pay our salaries, leave bonuses and implement our promotions, we assure you that we shall stand by you,” he said. Edoka maintained his stance that the state government owed its workers between seven and 30 months salaries. He urged the government to stop propaganda and face the reality to ascertain the actual indebtedness of the state to its workers. The labour leader, however, urged government to clear up the arrears of salary and implement the new national minimum Wage, adding that government should do everything possible to prevent workers from taking to the street. He noted that some of them, whose names were removed from the payroll never found their way back while lucky few whose names came back lost many months. The labour chairman urged government to embark on massive recruitment of staff into the state civil service, saying there were too few junior level workers, more so that retired public officers were being brought in to occupy positions. He called on President Muhammadu Buhari to release N30.8 billion, being the balance of the bail out to Kogi, saying that outside of the N50.8 billion former Governor Idris Wada applied for, N20 billion was released to Gov. Bello. In his response, Bello said his government would not pretend there were no unresolved issues, but utmost on his agenda presently was how to finally settle unpaid salaries to genuine workers. Bello, represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Folashade Ayoade-Arike, said his government owed its workers only five months salary. He maintained that the last salary paid was that of November, 2018. On the N30,000 new national minimum wage, he said his government would meet with labour leaders and decide on a workable modalities to adopt for its implementation. He noted that payment of teachers’ salaries was now on first line charge. “We are going to key into the new national minimum wage. (NAN) Download Daily Trust News App