By Wale Ibrahim, Lokoja
A group, Movement for Emancipation of Kogi People, has predicted mass failure for indigenes of Kogi State writing public examinations this year owing to the carefree attitude of Kogi State Government to the general strike embarked upon by Organised Labour in the state.
In a statement by the association in Lokoja, the group accused the government of abdicating the very responsibility of governance by treating issues concerning the welfare of the people with disdain.
The statement, which was signed by the Chairman, Alhaji Yakubu Asipita, and Secretary, Mr. Bodunrin Olufemi, said teachers in public secondary schools have been out of classrooms for many times as a result of government occasioned crises.
They explained students lost valuable learning time during the screening exercise embarked upon by the government as majority of teachers were at one time or the other in Lokoja trying to sort themselves out with the numerous screening committees of the government that have not yielded any positive result.
The group also noted that thousands of downtrodden people of the state are dying in the towns and villages dues to lack of medical care as government hospitals have remained shut because of the strike action.
According to the group, the government continue silence or refusal to engage the striking workers in any negotiation is a clear indication that this government is sadistic and derive joy from the pains of the people.
“It therefore called on well-being Kogites such as traditional rulers, religious and political leaders to come out of their shell to condemn this incalculable damage the state government is causing to the educational and general well-being of the people of the state.”
The group urged the people of the state to embark on mass action against the state government if the government refuses to do the needful for our educational and medical facilities to be restored to normalcy.
It is annoying and luck taken too far that a group of boys in a democracy ceased power and continued to torment the entire populace and our traditional rulers and religious believe.