May Day cancelled in Kogi State to protest against government
*Non payment of salaries for 14 months
Members of the organised labour in Kogi state has cancelled the worldwide celebration of workers’ day otherwise known as May Day in the state.
The chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Kogi state, Comrade Onuh Edoka and his Trade Union Congress (TUC), Ojo Ranti, disclosed this in Lokoja, the Kogi state capital.
Edoka said the cancellation of the May Day is to register the organised labour’s displeasure on the way and manner the state government handled it’s members so far.
The NLC boss also expressed his dissatisfaction that the screening, appeal and complaint committee is yet to be made available to the organized labour in order for the Union to come up with its observation, describing it as government antics not to allow labour have details contained in the report.
He explained that the non payment of salaries to a large number of workers, pensioners over the last 14 months has destroyed the civil service and the workforce of the state.
According to the chairman, the non payment of salaries and pensions has led to loss of lives bringing untold hardship to the workers in the state.
Edoka frowned at the situation where it has become difficult for civil servants affected by the screening and verification exercise to feed their families and meet other necessary obligations.
The Comrade noted that In the face of this situation, it is advisable for workers not to make themselves available for any act of molestation, harassment and intimidation by security agencies.
He also lamented the pitiable state of the education sector in Kogi state noting that all tertiary institutions owned by the state government have been on strike in the last three months and there is no serious commitment on the part of the state government to redress the unhealthy situation.
He however debunked the publication on the social media credited to the state government aides that they have paid all workers.