Make salary payment your priority, NLC tells Kogi State govt., FG  —-calls for release of N30.8billion balance of Bailout  —–Says state govt. Owing workers 30 months salary arrears 

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The Organized labour in Kogi State has asked the federal government to urgently release its balance of N30.8billion, approved for bailout to the state in 2015 to enable it offset thirty months outstanding salaries owed primary school teachers and local government workers.

 

The labour leaders also called on the Kogi State Government to make the payment of salaries a priority in order to alleviate the sufferings of the workers of Kogi State.

 

Addressing a press conference in Lokoja on Wednesday,  the Chairman of the Nigerian Labour Congress, Com. Onuh Edoka, appealed to the federal and state government on the need to release the balance of the bailout as well as make payment of salaries a priority.

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The NLC Chairman disclosed that the federal government had approved N50.8 billion at the twilight of the Capt. Idris Wada’s administration for Kogi state workers to clear backlog of arrears, saying that unfortunately the money was not released to that administration. .

 

While noting that on assumption, Gov. Yahaya Bello sought the same approval but was only given N20 billion for the payment of outstanding arrears owed workers which he said was grossly inadequate.

 

The NLC said the call for the urgent release of the balance of N30.8 billion would enable the state to settle the indebtedness owed mostly primary school teachers and workers at the Local Government Level, regretting that life has remained unbearable for these categories of workers as they can no longer pay their children’s school fees, rents and even feed.

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Com Edoka lamented that the workers at the local government level and teachers are presently been owed thirty months salaries cumulatively, when the percentage salaries paid to them in the last four years is harmonized.

 

The NLC Chairman lamented that a situation in the last few years, where workers at the local government areas and primary school teachers are paid on percentages, making it difficult to meet their primary obligations and warned that failure to release the money to the state would lead the workers to down tool.

 

The NLC Chairman disclosed that presently, workers in the state payroll are being owed five months salaries.

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He however commended the state government infrastructural developments in the areas roads and in other sectors, but however asked the state government to make salary payment a priority because of the ripple effects it has on the economy.

 




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