From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
The Chairman of the Kogi State chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Onu Edoka, has said the union will not accept salary reduction, especially at the local government and primary school levels.
Addressing newsmen in Lokoja on Friday during the May Day celebration with the theme: “60 Years of Nationhood: Insecurity, Wage, Poverty and the Future of Work in Nigeria,” Edoka noted that they have a challenge at hand over the April 2020 salary for which the union is dialoguing with the State Government.
He however hoped the workers will not be shortchanged under any form.
According to him, apart from the payment of salaries, the entire Kogi civil servants are looking up to Governor Yahya Bello to consider payment of their 30 percent balance from August to December 2017 salaries and other arrears, annual increments, promotion cash-backing and leave bonuses, all of which were last implemented about eight years ago.
“Above all, is the immediate implementation of the N30,000 (New Minimum Wage) approved for all workers since April last year by President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
“On behalf of the entire Kogi State civil service, I hereby express our sincere and heart-felt appreciation to our amiable Governor for setting up the minimum wage committee. However, the duration allotted to the committee has since elapsed.
“We therefore use this medium to call on Dr Mrs. Folashade Arike Ayoade-led 17-man committee to expedite action on its assignment.
“Issues emanating from the screening exercise still persist. There are still several civil servants whose careers have been truncated as a result of this exercise.
“I am not talking of those whose actions or inactions have been proved to be inimical to the growth of the state, such which must be duly punished, but those with genuine cases, especially at the local government and primary school levels, whose only means of livelihood had been denied as a result of minor infractions,” he stated.