From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
Ahead of the Eid el -Fitri Celebration, the organised labour has rejected the proposed payment of 60% salaries for Kogi state workers and pensioners for the month of May.
The workers had basked in the euphoria of the promise to get payment latest Thursday as was confirmed by the Kogi State Commissioner for Finance, Budget and Economic Planning, Asiwaju Idris Asiru.
But coming out of a meeting, between government and labour on Wednesday the organised labour says it is rejecting the 60% payment had proposed for workers describing development as inhuman.
The state government at the meeting said it had a shortfall as witnessed in the April statutory allocation, a situation which had sent fears in the minds of the workers over another anticipated slash in their salaries.
Last month workers salaries was in percentages of 80% and 35% respectively as was paid to Workers in the State, Local Government and Teachers.
This month, the state recorded a 30% shortfall in the current allocation, sending fears in the mind of workers of another slash going by the deduction and money’s accrued to the state.
The state net statutory allocation for the month of April is N1,736,231,350.68. The value added tax ( VAT) and exchange gain for the month of April is N938,018,569.93 and N186,683,266.69 respectively.
The state gross statutory revenue income for the month of April is N2,860,933,186.62 compared to N4,078,691,569.91 for the month of March as Received in April.
The 21 local government areas in Kogi state received a net statutory allocation of N1,517,706,851.32 The value added tax (VAT) and Exchange gains for the month of April is N642,963,989.13 and N140,146,959.74 respectively. Hence, the local Government areas gross statutory revenue is N2,300,817,800.19
The Commissioner for Finance had in a statement issued to announce what was accrued to the state at the weekend, said from the summary, it is obvious that the allocation acrued to the state is in gross deficit, therefore, the state finances cum responsibility to her citizens will be badly affected.
He however, assured that as a responsible and responsive government, services will still be rendered within the circumstances at hand.