We’re dying, pay our salaries- Kogi workers cry out to Governor

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Workers in Kogi State have asked Governor Yahaya Bello to reveal where their salaries are.

Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress in the state, Onu Edoka, spoke on behalf of the workers on Friday at an event to mark the 40th anniversary of the union in the country.

Workers in Kogi were paid 60 percent of five months’ salary arrears last December and had yet to be paid January salaries.

Edoka, in a keynote address, said, “Your Excellency, workers said I should ask you where our salaries are. As obedient servants, we are dying. As people who have contributed their quota in the development of the state and have left service, we are dying.

“To this end, we wish to compassionately appeal to you. We are aware that allocation came to Kogi State last month and by the statement of the Commissioner for Finance, what came as allocation to the state was put at N4.3bn while local governments got N3.8bn. But up until this moment, no salary has been paid in Kogi.  Let our own not drop into River Niger again (sic).”

The governor, who was represented at the occasion by his deputy, Simon Achuba, congratulated labour on its 40th anniversary and enjoined its leadership to always stand for what is good for workers and the country.

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