By Wale Ibrahim, Lokoja
The Kogi State chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has commiserated with the workers in the state and the immediate family of late Edward Soje, who recently committed suicide, describing his fate as unfortunate.
In a condolence message signed by Prince Bode Ogunmola, the party state publicity secretary.
The party said, “Soje, a Director with the Teaching Service commission, TSC, was victim of government’s policy of non – payment of salaries.
“It is sad that rather than admitting it’s cross failure and abysmal policy direction, government has elected to dance on Soje’s grave. In Africa we value life so much, that we refrain from speaking ill of the dead. The only thing his employers has done is to accuse him of falsifying his age and to arrogantly declare that Soje continue to receive his his pay till December 2016,” Ogunmola said.
According to him,”Whether Soje was owed 8 months as claimed by his employer or 11 months as reported in the media or even 21 months as is the case of many workers, the rock bottom truth is that he was frustrated and decided to end it all.
The party therefore called on the Governor Yahaya Bello’s administration to put a human face on its policies and pay all workers their entitlements without further delays.
“Our fear is, there may be other Soje’s out there who may be planning to end it all because of lack of payment of salaries. Governor Bello should not allow this painful death to be in vain.”
Ogunmola advised civil servants not to contemplate suicide as a way of escaping the present economic challenges and cluelessness in the state. We need to pray that God should give us leaders that fear him and have the People’s interest at heart.
Meanwhile, the party is concluding arrangements to send some bags of rice to help labour cushion the effects of its members at this critical time in Kogi State.