Kogi workers laud state gov. Over regular salary payment

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The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) in Kogi State has lauded the administration of Governor Yahaya Bello on the issue of regular payment of workers’ Salaries in the state while they also commended government’s donation towards the completion of Kogi State Labour House Project as well as other assistance to the union.

In his address to mark the 2023 International Workers’ Day celebration, Kogi State Chairman of NLC, Comrade Gabriel Amari, asserted that Governor Bello’s administration has been consistent with the regular payment of workers’ salaries despite’s unending workers’ demand for improved welfarism and allowances.

He noted that the labour union in Kogi State prefers the regular payment of the current salary scale to workers as against unrealistic and jumbo salaries that are not being paid regularly as witnessed in some other states in the country.

The State chairman said “As much as the organized Labour in state commends Governor Yahaya Bello on his successes in the area of security, we assert that the protection of workers social and economic right in line with the theme of this year’s ‘Workers’Day’ celebration is the panacea for peace and sustainable security of our State.’’

The chairman urged workers to show commitment to service delivery towards improved governance in the state while he called on the state government to review the establishment law of Kogi State primary health care development agency in order to bring the primary health care workers in the state under one roof for ‘efficiency and fairness.

Secretary to Kogi State Government, Folashade Ayoade, in her remarks mentioned that in spite of the over-bloated workforce in the state civil service, the government has continued to accord priority to workers’ welfare even under paulsity of resources. She thanked the workers and NLC in the state for friendly and peaceful Government-Labour relations, promising a continued collaboration with the union in a bid to improve workers’ standard of living.

The Head of Civil Service, Kogi State, Mrs Hannah Odiyo, spoke on the need for the state government to prioritize an Owner-Occupier housing scheme for the Civil Servants in the state adding that lack of ‘affordable accommodation’ is a major economic stress to the civil servants as she calls on Governor Yahaya Bello to build housing estates for public sector workers in the state.

The high light of the May Day celebration was the call for a new minimum wage for local government workers and the harmonization of pensions in the state. There was match pass and competitions by various contingents of the affiliate trade unions that participated in the International Workers’ Day celebration in Kogi State.

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