Governmental and other activities have been paralysed in Kogi State as workers complied with the directive of the organised labour to embark on a strike action over minimum wage across the country.

Public schools, hospitals, government offices and banks were shut as the industrial action continued.

Bounce News reports that the State Secretariat was also shut down on Thursday and Friday, but the State hospital reopened early Friday Morning.

Although some banks and the Federal Medical Center in the State capital opened in the morning to offer skeletal services, they were however shut before noon to comply with the strike directives.

Kogi strike

Bounce News also sighted some labour leaders at the State's Abuja Electricity Distribution Company that were on ground to ensure strict compliance of staff.

As a result of the strike, Comrade Eleojo told Bounce News that Lokoja may be in darkness for few days until the organised labour rescinds on its directive.

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"As you know that there has not been light since Thursday as a result of the strike, Lokoja people may continue to stay in darkness because we won't distribute electricity. And we are going round to check the activities of saboteurs and apprehend them. The strike is a bitter pill which every civil servant must swallow to better their future".

Kogi strike

Meanwhile, the organized Labour in the State called for the immediate resignation of the State Head Of Service (HOS), Mrs Deborah Ogunmola, over her alleged anti-labour posture on the issue of civil servants welfare.

The call for her to resign was jointly made by secretaries of Public Service Joint Negotiating Council Alhaji Isah Abubakar, Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Faniyi Olakunle and Trade Union Congress, Comrade Kolawole James, who accused the HOS of threatening to apply the ‘no work no pay’ rule if the workers comply with the directive on strike.

The organised labour in the state alleged that the HOS should have left the office, having retired from service.

The union leaders maintained that by the circular with reference number HS/KGS/CLR/3/V/587 dated 18th September 2017, signed by Mrs Ogunmola herself, has since abolished contract appointment in Kogi State civil service.

Kogi strike

“The continued stay of Mrs Ogunmola in office as against this circular duly signed by her, is against the body and spirit of the civil service reform embarked upon by this administration.”

''The labour unions view her purported radio announcement asking workers to ignore a national strike duly called by the national body of the unions as an affront on the rights of workers.''

The organised labour, therefore, urged workers of Kogi State in both public and private sector to disregard the purported radio announcement threatening them with ‘no work no pay’ rule and continue to stay at home till further directives from the organised labour.

The HOS was not responding to calls or text messages put to her by Bounce News as of the time of filing this report.


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