Kogi State government has advised its workers in their own interest to shun the strike action called by the organised labour since the issues involved are receiving desired attention by the Alhaji Yahaya Bello led administration.
In a brief press conference at Lokoja on Sunday, the Commissioner of Information, Mohammed Awwal said the state government is shocked to hear that the organised labour in the state has decided to embark on strike on Monday, June 27 over issue of salary that is currently being paid by the state government.
He said this development is viewed as sabotage, considering the fact that payment of arrears of salaries has commenced two weeks ago, saying, 48 MDAs out of the total 55 MDAs have been paid, with 7MDAs yet to be paid because the correct grade levels of the workers are being verified.
Explaining further, he said salary variations were received from many MDAs for the month of February to April 2016, adding that 14 Local Government Areas with correct information have been paid, while work is in advanced stage for the payment of both Local Government Areas and State Pensioners.
“Government has the best interest of the State Civil Servants and the entire Kogi State at heart. The Screening Exercise which is delaying the payments of salaries is being carried out in order to eliminate the deep rot we have within the civil service. Those behind the proposed strike action may be those benefitting from the series of illegal salary payment in the past that has crippled the State. I assure you that Government is working round the clock to ensure that the remaining civil servants are paid within the coming days”, he expressed.
Shedding more light, the Special Adviser on Media and strategy, Abdulkareem Abdulmaliki said a register will be opened in various Ministries, parastatals and Agencies for workers, adding that any workers that was not seen in the office will be dealt with.
It could be recalled that the organised labour leaders in the state have directed the state workforce to go on strike as from Monday (today) because of issues relating to recent workers screening exercise which they alleged that state government has deviated from the agreed terms.

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