By Amuda Dan Sulaiman FAB.
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has condemned in totality the attitude of some hoodlums that vandalized the first consignment of 220 bags of rice sent to Kogi state by members of the National Assembly to ameliorate the suffering of the state workers who have not been paid salaries for several months by the state government.
The union also debunked claims by an online publication that said the union leaders were part of the agreement for the payment of percentage salaries to the state and local government workers .
In a statement signed by the Vice Chairman of NLC, Kogi state chapter, Comrade Meliga Obaka which was made available to newsmen in Lokoja yesterday, the union leader expressed shock and disappointment over the nefarious attitude of some unknown hoodlums that hijack the 220 bags of rice sent to Kogi workers to cushion the effect of non payment of salaries in the state, describing the action as inhuman and uncivilized.
According to him “The first consignment of 220 bags of rice was still in the truck that brought it to Lokoja at the old market when hoodlums invaded the area and looted the rice”.
Obaka who described the occurrence as much unfortunate , called on law enforcement agents to bring the perpetrators to justice.
Meanwhile, the organized Labour in Kogi State has described as outright falsehood the statement credit to the vice chairman of NLC on the percentage salaries being paid by the state government to workers.
Comrade Obaka , said the affiliate unions of the NLC and TUC are currently on break when the percentage payments commenced and meeting of the Unions have not been called on the issue to take a position.
He said the statement trending on the social media concerning the percentage payment is the figment of the imagination of the writer and therefore urged the Union leaders and general public to discountenance the fake news.
According to him “I have say it unequivocally that non of the organized labour was either invited or be part of any discussion with the state government on the recent payment of percentage salaries to workers. It is imperative to workers to disregard the publication, it is misleading and we are not part of the arrangement”.
It will be recalled that few months ago the member representing Kogi west at the national assembly , Senator Dino Melaye solicited the support of his members to bailout Kogi workers who have been enmeshed in a perpetual suffering due to non payment of salaries by the state government.
However, few weeks after this development some youth in the state allegedly under the sponsors of some politicians protested against the donations of the rice by members of the Senate.
Hoodlums Hijack 220 Bags of Rice Sent to Kogi Workers by National Assembly
Dec 30, 2017, 00:00 am196
By Amuda Dan Sulaiman FAB.