By Wale Ibrahim, Lokoja
The speaker of Kogi State House of Assembly, Right Honourable Mathew Kolawole has appealed to the Labour leaders and the striking workers to sheath their swords in the interest of the people of the State and give room for dialogue.
Kolawole who made this appeal while speaking in chat with journalists in Lokoja yesterday,said that the State Assembly as an arm of government was worried over the continuous strike by workers in the State.
He stated that he was not happy with this development, noting that as legislature there is little they can do except to intervene and mediate between the workers and their employer, the State Government.
“As far as we are concerned in House, we set up a 7-man Committee to look into the matter. They have invited the Labour and held meeting with them. They have equally met with Government. They are compiling their report and as soon as they submit the report we will look into it. But nevertheless this is not to say we are not doing anything. Some of us have made extra efforts to meet the Joint Public Service Negotiating Council (PSNC). We appeal to them to allow a level playing ground .
The speaker noted that where there is an industrial action, as it affect the workers it also affect the government, saying both of them are feeling the heat.
“I think the best way to go about this matter is to allow understanding . One of the leader of JPSNC made to understand that government can not do every thing they demanded for, but what they wanted is negotiation,” He said.
On the recent rumour making the round that he collected N200 million,the speaker stated that it was just the figment of imagination of the author who wrote the story online , the stated governor has not presented paper of N10 Billion nor he has received N200 million from.anybody.
Kolawole noted that the author of the story is not a serious minded person, adding he had been writing against him when he was majority leader of the House.
He further explained that he was away when the story broke out, stressing that since he was not only one indicted on issue, he decided to allow it to be discussed at a plenary session where a committee was set up to investigate the issue.
While reacting to issue of oversight function, Kolawole stated that the crises that rocked the House had badly affected oversight function, adding that the House will continue to live up to its constitutional responsbilities.
He maintained that just last week a committee of the House visited Kabba for over sight functions.