Non payment of Salary: You’re Owing Workers –Kogi NLC Tells Gov. Bello

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"could not believe his ears and eyes when he saw the governor live on television denying that he is not owing kogi workers a dime"

The Chairman of Kogi State Nigeria Labour Congress ( NLC), Comrade Onuh Edoka has berated governor Alhaji Yahaya Bello over his statement on television that he is not owing workers salaries.

The Chairman told the governor point blank yesterday in a meeting which took place at the government house at the instance of the government to resolve some grey areas bordering on workers welfare.

Earlier, the Chairman told the governor that he took exception to the nomenclature of the meeting pointing that he was on a courtsy call saying he wouldnt pay courtsey call on the governor when his members are dying of hunger.

Edoko decried the statement credited to Governor Bello that he was not owing workers salaries and if at all he was owing it was the salary backlog left for him by the administration of captain Idris Wada.

He said he could not believe his ears and eyes when he saw the governor live on television denying that he is not owing kogi workers a dime.

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He added that he thought what the aides were saying about salaries were just a joke stressing that for the governor who knows he was owing huge salaries makes him a man not to be trusted.

” I thought what some of his aides were saying was a joke. Not until the governor confirmed his aides statements at the Northern governors meeting held in Kaduna recently that he is up to date in salary payment.

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” Let me put the records straight. The former governor captain Idris Ichalla wada spent 48 months in office and he paid 45 months salaries leaving allocation of December 2015 and January 2016 for the Bello administration to access.

” Nothing is farther from the truth than this. The truth is that Bello is hugely indebted to Kogi workers and he should find a means to defray it rather than lying to the public.” he advised.

He advised the governor to set up committee to go round some establishment to find out the true situation of poverty across the state hinting that pupils and students could no longer go to schools, patients cannot access drugs even as petty businesses have closed due to lack of patronage.

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Bello who was stunned by the confidence of the labour chairman to tell him the truth to his face admitted to work out modalities to resolve the impasse.

He told the organised labour that his government has done much with the lean resources to develop the state adding that in less than three years he build Kogi Board of Internal Revenue service office complex, complete Ankpa township roads .

He called on the leadership of the organised labour to support his administration for the dividends of democracy.

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