Why we disregarded NLC strike call- Kogi Workers
Some workers in Kogi State has accused labour leaders in the state of “selfishness”, saying the strike called by the Labour leaders are not in the interest of the workers.
The workers who spoke to The Banner in Lokoja alleged that the reasons given for the strike are not “appealing to the workers”.
A worker who simply identified himself as Sam told our reporters that the only ghost workers will kick against electronic register in the state.
His words: “Labour leaders should not be using the workers plight to line their pockets. There is no reason for any dispute at this time. I have received my salaries up till July. Though I was paid half salaries in July, government explained why I that happened. They invited labour and told us about the drop in the monthly allocation to the state. In the previous administrations, nobody showed us such respect”.
Another civil servant who worked in the Ministry of Education and craved anonymity said she was not ready to join the strike. She said workers are aware of the luxurious houses built by their leaders who “claim to fight for their interest”.
“They are politicians who collect money to discredit government. In fairness to the present administration in the state, they have significantly carried labour along in their policies. The screening was necessary to sanitize the civil service. Ethnicity is at play and we won’t be caught in the web. I am satisfied with the labour policies of the present administration in the state”.
However, a civil servant, Hajia Zainab said government needs to do more to win the confidence of the civil servants. She said the unresolved issues around the screening exercise should be settled, urging government to engage labour in dialogue to resolve the crisis.
When contacted, the Director General on Media and Publicity to the Governor , Kingsley Fanwo said the strike has failed to achieve the “ulterior motives” of the sponsors, saying the strike was “politically orchestrated to fan the embers of confusion”.
He said, “It is unfortunate that those who should contribute to the wealth of the state are being used to subvert the progress of the state through unnecessary industrial dispute.
“The failure of the strike is a reflection of ill-motivation and the determination of the workers to resist been used for selfish gains. The funds received by government have been substantially used for payment of salaries. We are the only state that has published how those funds were utilized.
“At the upper plain, the national leadership of the unions disregarded published facts to falsely accuse the state of not paying salaries. At the lower level, the State labour unions are refusing to go on with agreed terms on civil service level. At the political level, detractors are making fruitless attempt at painting a dejavu scenario about Kogi State.
“The ongoing attempts are political rather than raising a voice for the workers. We urge workers to continue to render their services as government is not only committed to meeting its obligations to them; but also protect them at their work place against political workers.
“Government will never waive its determination to ensure the security of the Kogi people against physical and mental sieges as our doors will remain open to meaningful dialogue”.
The end might have not been heard of the face off between labour and government in Kogi State.