The Chairman of Kogi State, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Onuh Edoka has told Governor Alhaji Yahaya Bello the bitter truth about the position of unpaid salaries ,saying the organised labour in the state was shocked to hear that the state government was not owing.
The Organised labour described the governor as a pathological lair over his statement on private television state that he is not owing a dime for workers salaries.
While addressing the governor at closed door meeting Wednesday ,the chairman told the Governor point blank at a meeting which took place at the government house to resolve some gray areas about workers welfare.
Earlier, the chairman who rejected the statement “courtesy visit” , told the governor that he came for meeting of the meeting that , noting that he wouldn’t pay courtesy call on the governor when his members are dying of hunger.
Edoka lamented the statement credited to Governor Bello that he was not owing workers salaries and if at all he was owing was the salary backlog left for him by the administration of captain Idris Wada.
He said he could not believed his ears and eyes when he saw the governor live on private television network denying that he is not owing kogi workers a dime.
He added that he thought what the aides were saying about salaries were just a joke stressing that for the governor who knows he was owing huge salaries makes a man not to be trusted.
The labour leader said he thought what some of governor aides were saying was a joke, stressing that not until the governor confirmed aides statements at the Northern governors meeting held in Kaduna recently that he is up to date in salary payment.
His word, “Let me put the records straight. The former governor captain Idris Ichalla wada spent 48 months in office and he paid 45 months salaries leaving allocation of December 2015 and January 2016 for the Bello administration to access.
“Nothing is farther from the truth than this. The truth is that Kogi State government is hugely indebted to Kogi workers and should find a means to defray it rather than lying to the public,” he advised.
He therefore advised the governor to set up committee to go round some establishment to find out the true situation of poverty across the state hinting that pupils and students could no longer go to schools, patients cannot access drugs even as petty businesses have closed due to lack of patronage.
Bello was said to have been shocked for telling the bitter truth about non pavement salaries by the confidence of the labour chairman to tell him the truth to his face admitted to work out modalities to resolve the impasse.
He told the organised labour that his government has done much with the lean resources to develop the state adding that in less than three years he build Kogi Board of Internal Revenue service office complex, complete Ankpa township roads.
He called on the leadership of the organised labour to support his administration for the dividend of democracy.