By :Wale Ibrahim, Lokoja
Kogi State Government has described the allegations of labour against it as spurious, unfounded, reckless and irresponsible.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Director General, Media and Publicity, Kingsely Fanwo and copy of which was made available to Journalists in Lokoja Kogi State capital yesterday.
Fanwo explained that the statement was drafted in the language of their sponsors who have been attempting unsuccessfully to ring violence around the fingers of government.
“Let it be placed on record that government has zero tolerance for violence and all forms of criminalities. Government has expended resources to ensure criminalities have no place in the sociology of the state,” He stressed.
The Labour leaders are probably afraid of possible resistance from workers against their self-centred strike which has failed.
The Director General, Media and Publicity stated that Labour leaders should be condemned for deploying thugs to shut the gates of government offices and attacking workers who ignored their unpopular strike.
“We have nothing against labour and government position on “work for wages” has not changed. We shall do what is legally and administratively valid to ensure government business continues and for our people to continue to enjoy services for which civil servants are paid.
“We wish to assure civil servants of their security from the dangerous activities of thugs hired by leaders of labour unions.
“On reforms we stand. We will not succumb to the fight back from corrupt promoters of fraudulent practices in the civil service and their failed sponsors,” He noted.
He therefore urged the workers to return to work and stop making mockery of the highly respected activism for a better society.