Unpaid Salaries: ‘Political Civil Servants’ Claim by Gov Bello is Ungodly, Inhuman – Kogi Workers

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The organised labour in Kogi state has again called on President Muhammadu Buhari to send a team on a fact-finding mission to Kogi state in order to ascertain the deplorable situation of Kogi worker.

The call is against the backdrop of the statement allegedly made by Governor Yahaya Bello while addressing the state house correspondents that the striking workers in the state are political civil servants.

The statement jointly signed by the secretaries of the Kogi state chapters of Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Olakunle Faniyi; Trade Union Congress, Comrade James Kolawole and Joint Public Service Negotiating Council, Comrade Isa Abubakar described the statement as very unfortunate and ungodly.

They said Governor Bello is fully aware that there are workers and pensioners that are being owed their entitlements up to 21 months.

“To describe this set of people who are daily dying of starvation and treatable ailments as political civil servants is the greatest inhumanity to mankind,” the statement reads.

The statement described President Buhari as a father figure for all Nigerians and urged him to put up machinery to hear the other side of the story in order to salvage the already traumatised people of Kogi state.

According to the organised labour, the support of Kogi workers to the present APC-led government is enormous as the successes recorded by the party in 2015 general elections had the input of the workforce.

They said it is an irony of life for Governor Yahaya Bello to describe workers who contributed immensely to his success at the polls as political civil servants when their entitlements are not being paid for over 20 months.

The workers called on the Presidency to show interest in Kogi workers affairs as no worker in the state can feed well, pay school fees of their children and pay medical bills when necessary.

They said that the organised labour is currently taking census of civil servants that died as a result of the ill-fated and timeless screening exercise of Governor Yahaya Bello and the refusal of his government to pay even those it claimed to have adjudged authentic civil servants.

They urged Nigerians to disregard the falsehood being peddled by the government that the striking workers are political civil servants.


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