- Workers in Kogi state say they are now happy with Governor Yahaya Bello
- Leaders of the labour unions in the state hailed the governor for judiciously using the bail out funds given to Kogi by the federal government
- The leaders acknowledged that salaries are being paid on time by the Kogi government in recent times
The organised labour in Kogi says the last Paris Club Refund and the latest bailouts fund of N30.8 billion obtained by the state government were judiciously utilised by the Yahaya Bello's administration.
Labour disclosed this on Friday, November 1 in a statement sent to journalists signed by the leaders of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Mr Onuh Edoka and Trade Union Congress (TUC), Mr Ranti Ojo.
According to the labour leaders, the funds were disbursed in accordance with provisions of the collective agreements between labour and Kogi government which prioritised payment of salaries and pensions.
Part of the statement read: “As at today, the general position is that most workers have been paid up to Octobe 2019 at state level.
“Local Government staff, primary schools teachers and pensioners were still expecting their October 2019 salary and pension.”
The labour leaders acknowledged that salaries are being paid on time by the Kogi government in recent times.
They, however, expressed optimism that the gesture will continue even after the forthcoming governorship election in the state.
The union leaders also declared that the Bello administration’s staff screening and verification exercise is necessary.
“After in-depth analysis of the entire process up till this moment, we also agree that many components of the civil service and pensions reforms undertaken by this administration were not only necessary but vitally important to the building of an efficient, effective and virile civil service,” the statement noted.
The labour leaders further urge Governor Bello to restore 100 per cent salaries payment to local government council workers.
Meanwhile, the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kogi state says the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is jittery ahead of the governorship election in the state.
The APC made the claims in a statement sent to journalists on Sunday, October 27 by its spokesman, Jibril Abu.
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