From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Kogi state Chapter has cried out over the continued non payment of workers salaries in the state.
The State Chairman of NLC, Comrade Onuh Edoka in a telephone chat with Our Correspondent in Lokoja said that relevant government officials have been evasive, just as no official statement has been issued by the government with regards to the non payment of salaries.
He lamented that workers in Kogi state have been impoverished and reduced to beggars as they could no longer have access to loans from banks and individuals.
Edoka stated further that the least the state government is owing its workers five months to two years salaries arrears and no sign of payment expect the “unending promises that arrangement is on the way to pay the salaries “.
The Labour leader explained that the relevant government officials responsible for payment of salaries can only be reached on phone as they remain inaccessible.
He therefore, advised workers to remain calm and await the next line of action, adding that the Congress will soon make its stand known on the matter.
Already, the workers are fully angered over the prolonged period of non payment of salaries and prepared for a showdown with the government .
Some workers who will want to be anonymous alleged that the state government has vowed not to pay salaries due to negative roles they played during the just concluded general elections.
According to them, some of the workers refused to participate in the rigging excercise during the Presidential, National and House of Assembly elections which led to the victory of Senator Dino Melaye in Kogi West senatorial district.
The aggrieved workers are urging their leaders to ask government to pay salaries of its workforce without further delay or face the wrath of the hungry and angry staff.