N2.8 bn: Workers upbraid gov Bello over salaries arrears

N2.8 bn: Workers upbraid gov Bello over salaries arrears

Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello has come under attack over non release of 10 percent of the fund kept aside to offset arrears of State workers’ salary. The arrears, according to Chairman of the Kogi State Chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Onuh Edoka, stood at N2.8 billion. He reveal this on Saturday

Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello has come under attack over non release of 10 percent of the fund kept aside to offset arrears of State workers’ salary.

KOGI STATE GOVERNOR. YAHAYA BELLO

The arrears, according to Chairman of the Kogi State Chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Onuh Edoka, stood at N2.8 billion.

He reveal this on Saturday in Lokoja, the state capital, during the 14th edition of the North Central zonal conference of the
Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria (MHWUN) in which he doubles as the Vice President.

He said despite the use of the N30.8 billion bailout for the settlement of salaries by the state government, the union “stands aside” until government fulfills agreements it entered into with labour.

But, the Secretary to State Government (SSG), Dr. Folashade Ayoade Arike, assured civil servants of the government’s readiness to implement the minimum wage across board, as soon as the resources of the state improve.

FILE COPY: WORKERS PROTEST

According to Edoka, “We must appreciate the state government over the bailout.

“The bailout was effectively used by government. Anyone who harbours contrary opinion should engage the government personally.

“However, we have declined to make a categorical statement on the usage of the fund, as we should do, because government has not fulfilled all aspects of negotiations it entered with labour before the release of the fund by the CBN.

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“Ten percent of the money was reserved to tackle arrears of salaries, when percentage salary were paid to the state workers.

“The government promised to pay in instalment from the 10 percent reserved, but they have not commenced. When that is done, we shall come out to make a definite statement.

“We have computed those months when percentage salaries were paid. What is needed now to offset all arrears of state workers is N2.8 billion,” he said.

Edoka lamented that local governments were paid 85 percent for three months, contrary to the governor’s directive for complete payment.

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