Workers' Day Celebrations Will Not Hold In Kogi
While most states will be celebrating Workers'Day, Kogi state has been exempted and the reason is not far-fetched.
The organized labour in Kogi wants the government to pay up outstanding salaries and pensions.
The state chapters of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) said the decision was taken in solidarity with the affected workers and pensioners.
The statement was jointly signed by the state Chairman of the NLC, Onu Edoka and his TUC counterpart, Ranti Ojo.
According to unions, the non-payment of salary to a large number of workers and pensioners over the past 14 months has destroyed the civil service and the workforce of the state.
They expressed concern over the increasing hardship being faced by workers and pensioners affected by outcome of the screening exercise conducted by state authorities.
In his reaction to the complaints, Director–General of the state's Media and Strategy Unit, Kingsley Fanwo said the government would convene a meeting to take a common position on the report of the staff screening and verification committee.
He explained that the objective of the screening was not to sack workers, but reform the civil service for optimum performance.
He, however, said that those who secured employment with fake documents would not be spared.
The Federal Government has declared May 1 as public holiday in line with the United Nations decision that the day be set aside every year to celebrate and appreciate workers worldwide.
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