Kogi State chapter of the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, has said the state government does not owe any worker in its service any salary arrears.
The state chairman of NLC, Comrade James Odaudu disclosed this in Lokoja yesterday in a chart with journalists.
He said against the background of insinuations making the rounds in some quarters that workers in the state were being owed monthly salaries and other entitlements by the state government, it was imperative to clear the air that the present administration has settled workers’ emolument up to date.
“Salaries of workers in the state, including the 2013 leave grants as well as promotion arrears for workers in the state have been paid”, he said.
The NLC chairman said despite the dwindling resources, Kogi state is one of the few states in the country that is paying minimum wage of eighteen thousand naira monthly.
He further explained that the government has also assisted the organised labour to procure computer laptops for workers in the state civil service to enable them become computer literate.
The NLC Chairman equally explained that the workers’ union in the state were supported with a 10 percent payment of the joint housing project between the union and a consulting firm, City Point by the state government to ensure affordable houses for workers in the state.
The labour leader blamed lack of payment of full month salaries of local government workers in the state on the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE, and other allied unions at the councils in the state, especially on their alleged double roles.
“The state government has no hands in the local government workers’ salaries, it is purely the problem of the local government labour leaders and some people who have refused to allow thorough screening in that direction”, he expressed.
The chairman alleged that the NLC had invited the local government union officials severally to come forward so that the issue could be investigated but they have always declined such move.

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