Kogi State government ministries and agencies closed shops on Wednesday as workers complied with the directives of their labour leaders to proceed on indefinite strike to demand payment of their salary arrears.
A bulletin issued on December 22 and signed by chairmen and secretaries of the state NLC, TUC and PSJNC directed the workers to embark on strike because of the nonchalant attitude of the Capt Idris Wada-led government towards the workers’ legitimate earnings.
Among others, the workers are calling on the state government to pay the arrears of salary to all workers, including leave allowances, pension arrears, annual incremental rates, promotion arrears as well as COHNHESS.
The workers, who are also demanding the re-statement of sacked workers of the defunct government owned Kogi Travellers, said Capt Wada should meet their demands before January 27 handover date.
“It is worthy of note that, while government continues to cry of paucity of fund to pay salaries and other allowances to the workers, it has directed for the immediate compilation of severance package of political office holders for onward payment. Therefore, what is good for the goose is good for the gander,” the statement stressed.
The labour leaders advised the workers not to entertain any fear, saying they had earlier given a 7-day ultimatum to the state government over the issues involved before embarking on the on-going strike.

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