*Reply Governor Yahaya Bello
*He’s owing more than two months, he knows too
Leadership of organised labour in Kogi state on Tuesday told the state governor, Yahaya Bello that workers on strike are genuine workers and not political civil servants.
The state Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) chairman, Comrade Onuh Edoka in Lokoja said the word ‘political civil servants’ have not been captured in the new civil service rules.
Onuh debunked assertions by the governor that the people on strike are political civil servants.
“I won’t know if political civil servants have now been captured in the new civil service rules of employment”.
“The people who are on strike are genuine, legitimate workers of Kogi state and not political civil servants. The word is very dangerous to be used against the workers because it can backfire”.
The NLC boss also urged the state government to do the needful by clearing the backlog of owned salaries insisting that labour will not be bullied
“It beats my imagination when I got to hear that His Excellency, the Governor of Kogi state, Yahaya Bello said he’s owning only two months”.
“I want to believe too well that as Governor of the state who is in charge of payment, he knows in his heart that he’s owing Kogi workers far above two months”.
He said, “the categories of workers that is owed above two months are nothing less than 40% of the work force if put together. The pensioners he’s owing is nothing less than 45% of the pension in the state”.
Civil servants expressed readiness to continue to hold government accountable for their welfare.
Tunde Abdul said he’s not discouraged by the governor’s pronouncements in Abuja.
Tunde said Governor Bello made the statement to deceive both President Muhammadu Buhari and Nigerians who do not have family members in the state.
Helen Arome said she’ll continue to stay at home until the governor pays her 12 months arrears.