Kogi State government workers are nursing fears over the resolve of Governor Idris Wada to deduct their salary by 40 percent effective from April.
In this vein workers were seen gathering in their various work places on in Lokoja, the state capital discussing their plight over the resolve of the state government to go ahead with its plan, wore gloomy looks.
Workers that spoke to the Nigerian Pilot noted that, in as much as they sympathised with the state government over the short fall of the federation fund to the state, they implored the Capt Wada-led administration to urgently look for alternative means of improving Internally Generated Revenue, IGR to complement revenue from the Federal Government, saying the decision is harsh and unacceptable.
“Most of us have been servicing facilities we acquired from various financial institutions, like banks, cooperative societies and other channels that give loans or overdrafts for a vehicle or house we now owned. How are we going to service them? We are not talking of school fees of children or other commitments that we have mortgaged our salary for. In fact, it is a disaster waiting to happen,” a worker who craved anonymity, expressed yesterday.
According to a Bulletin issued by NLC/ TUC/JNC and signed by Edoka Johnson Onuh, the NLC state Chairman, kolawole J.O, TUC, secretary and Aeron Akeji, JNC on Wednesday in Lokoja, the labour leaders called on the workers to remain calm, as they rejected in totality the government decision to cut the workers’ salary.
The labour leaders had since left for Abuja to brief the national body over the government’s move to slash their salary, as the workers are said to be preparing for final showdown with the state government.
It could be recalled that the Kogi state government told workers on Tuesday its resolve to slash their salary by 40 percent because of the lingering shortfall from the Federation Account.

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