Labour Leaders in Kogi State have issued a seven-day ultimatum to Governor Yahaya Bello to reverse the order given to permanent secretaries to embark on screening of workers before salaries are paid or risk resumption of strike action.
Briefing journalists in Lokoja, the state capital, yesterday, labour leaders led by the Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Comrade Onuh Edoka, said any attempt by the Bello-led administration to go ahead with the screening without their approval will be vehemently resisted.
Comrade Edoka said the labour group met with the governor on February 2 and thereafter agreed to call off the six-week strike action after he promised to pay their October salary.
He stressed that the terms of agreement which is payment of salary has not been met and he went ahead to take a position that was not discussed at the meeting.
The labour leaders maintained that they are not against the verification of the state workforce, but added that the government did not canvass for it during the last meeting.
“We were surprised on the mandate and format given to permanent secretaries to screen workers without our input over the modality and related terms. We agreed to call off the strike for his administration to hit the ground running, not knowing that he will backstab us. This is not the kind of change we are yearning for,” Edoka said.
The labour leaders, who said the timing of the exercise was wrong, as workers have not been paid for four months, advised them to ignore the screening by refusing to collect forms from any agent of government.
It would be recalled that the state workforce had been on strike since December over non-payment of salary. They resumed work on Tuesday after Governor Bello agreed to pay one month out of the four-month arrears owed them.

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