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Labour urges Bello to prioritise payment of Kogi workers’ salaries


The Kogi State chairman of United Labour Congress (ULC), Simeon Opaluwa has urged the governor of the state, Yahaya Bello to prioritise the payment of workers salaries.

Opaluwa said civil servants are not happy due to inability of the state government to clear outstanding salaries and pensions, adding that the ugly situation is having adverse effect on the state economy.

‘’Kogi is a civil service state and any development without payment of salary amounts to nothing. The core responsibility of any government is to provide security and welfare for the people. I can categorically say Governor Bello has failed woefully in the area of welfare and he must address the issue of salary backlogs without further delay, ‘’ he said.

The Labour leader however admitted that the governor has eliminated many ghost workers from its payroll through thorough screening exercise.

He also commended the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state for what he termed, “an impressive performance in health, security, road construction as well as revival of cultural activities, especially in Igalaland.”

Opaluwa called on Governor Bello to sustain his administration’s gains in the area of security so as to avoid the return of thuggery, hooliganism, kidnapping among others.

The Secretary to the State Government, Mrs Folasade Ayoade, who represented the state governor, Yahaya Bello, received the Nigeria Guild of Investigative Journalists media tour of Kogi state.

Other officials at the meeting held inside Government House were the Chief of Staff, Edward Onoja, some key commissioners, Special Advisers, SSAs and other top government functionaries.

The officials used the opportunity to clarify some controversial issues including payment of local government staff salaries, creation of jobs to unemployed Kogi youths through agriculture, governance and others.

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