By: Wale Ibrahim, Lokoja
As Kogi State Civil servant strike enters day one, economic activities have been paralysed following the industrial action declared by labour unions which was fully complied with by state workers.
During the early hours of the day the ever busy roads linking to state government offices were almost deserted as offices were completely shut down.
Some of the government offices visited such as Kogi State Broadcasting Corporation, State Secretariat, State ministry of health, they were all under lock and keys.
However some workers n a who proffered anonymity, said he hasn’t collected salary for 20 months.
“By next month October it will complete 21 month i last collected salary in Kogi state. So what do you expect me to do?. I have been feeding from hands to mouth with my family. Presently, my second born is sick, but i don’t have money for hospital bill. So, i have no other option than to resolve to self medication.
“I heard recently that some workers have started feeding on Cassava leave just because of hunger in the land. With all this emotion, psychological and physical trauma, you don’t expect a sane person to continue working with an empty stomach. I am ready to stay at home till eternity as instructed by our labour leaders if our demands are not met” he stated with anger.”
Also a staff with the state own radio station said they are currently operating only skeletal broadcasting.
“We are part of the strike because in our office over 95% staff have not collected their monthly pay for over 10 months even though we are generating revenue for the state government.
“Only the management staff are in the office. As you can see, other radio stations in Kogi state are on air but we are off air. Let the management staff cast the news and perform our duties in our respective offices. Before i will work in that office, it must be based on contract. Without payment, no work in radio Kogi.
“Everything in Kogi State is going down the drain. Can you imagine we don’t have utility vehicles to perform operation in our state own radio. We are using Okada to move from one place to another. But we have a governor that is distributing new cars to his political appointees. What a shame,” he lamented.