…House Of Reps To Investigate Non-payment Of Salary To Workers In Kogi Spanning Months

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the Joint Public Service Negotiating Council (JPSNC) are set for a showdown with the Kogi State government over the non-payment of salaries to workers.

Messrs Olakunle Faniyi, secretary of NLC, Mr James Kolawole, TUC and Mr Isa Abubakar of the JPSNC speaking on behalf of organised labour in the state are threatening to call for a mass action to protest against the non-payment of salaries.

According to organised labour, the Kogi State government was owing its workforce salaries of between two and 21 months.

Recently, a director in the Kogi State Civil Service whose wife recently gave birth to triplets was said to have committed suicide, allegedly because the Kogi State government was owing him salaries up to 11 months.

The director, Mr Edward Soje was said to have hung himself by the neck till he died because of the inability to live up to his responsibilities.

In, a related development the House of Representatives has mandated its Ad Hoc Committee on Bail-out Funds to investigate the non-payment of salaries of workers in Kogi State and report back within one week.

The directives followed a unanimous adoption of a Motion of Urgent National Importance moved by Rep. Sunday Karimi (Kogi-PDP) at the plenary presided by the Speaker, Mr Yakubu Dogara on Tuesday.

Moving the motion, Karim said in spite the federal statutory allocation, salary bail-out funds and Paris Club refund received by Kogi Government, non-payment of state and local government workers salaries lingered.