By Waleola Ibrahim, Lokoja
The Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), and others in Kogi State have been returned unopposed,except the new treasurer, Mr Thomas Ayodele and a new ex-officio member, Mrs Lucy Agbo.
This followed the vote confidence earlier passed on them that the present crop of leaders are exceptionally good and thereby went for affirmation for continuation in the office as the executive members again.
Comrade Onuh Edoka however appealed to President Mohammadu Buhari to approve the release of the balance N30. 8 billion bail out fund to enable this state government pay the backlog of salaries of workers.
The NLC boss who made this call in opening remarks at State Delegates Conference in Lokoja on Thursday, said the workers in Kogi State are passing through excruciating period owing to several months of unpaid salaries to workers.
Edoka lamented that the leadership of organised labour in the State are facing a lot of challenges now following non payment of salaries and dues are no longer remitted.
He explained that as it is today Kogi State government is owing workers ranging from 7 – 30 months, appealing to the State government to ameliorate the suffering of the workers in the State.
The NLC Chairman pointed out that the screening exercise has largely responsible for the backlog of salaries that have been causing confusion till today.
He decried no payment of like leave bonus, saying leave bonus is like thirteen months salary is no longer coming to workers again.
Edoka also passionately appealed to the state government to review percent payment of local government workers in the state, lamenting that the last time had sigh of relief was before election and since then workers have been receiving miserable amount as salary on monthly basis.
On new national minimum wage, the labour leader called on governments to set up implementation committee to work with government for speedy implementation.
The President of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Ayuba Waba urge the new elected leaders to disappoints the civil servants in the struggle so that they will continues have confidence in them.
The President who was represented by Uche Ekwe explained that the state delegates conferences will enable NLC complete the National Executive Council which is the organ next to s to the National Delegate Conference the highest decision body making.
“Well, the upward of the national minimum wage is not so much gift is the right of the workers. The right was delayed for long . As Mr President ordered during sighing in law of the new National Minimum wage 2019 amendment bill.
“We have crossed the bridge of the debate whether state government can pay the new national minimum wage or not. The feed back from nationwide rallies for new minimum which took place in January 2019 indicated that most state governments are willing to to pay the new national minimum wage once Mr . President grants his assent.