By: Wale Ibrahim, Lokoja
As the Kogi Workers’ strike entered the second week, the organised Labour has restated its commitment to their demands, stressing that the strike action continues.
This was contained in the NLC /TUC /PSJNC Kogi State Council bulletin No 17 jointly signed by Comrade Olakunle Faniyi, Comrade Kolawole James and I. A. Abubakar a copy of which was made available to journalists in Lokoja, the State capital.
The labour leaders stated that it is no longer necessary to continue to tell our comrades in the struggle to disregard the continuous propaganda and gimmicks of the government aimed at talking attention away from crust of our demands that culminated into this struggle.
“It takes only one day for the truth to over a falsehood of over two hundred years and that is what is playing out in our current struggle.All the efforts of the combined team of government appointees and permanent secretaries have not been able to suppress the truth of the abysmal condition of workers in Kogi State under this administration.
“It has not suppressed the truth that workers in Kogi State are in distressed, it has not suppressed the truth that civil servants in Kogi State has been condemned into wheel chair,” they stressed.
The Labour also urged the worker to remain resolute, stressing that hard times lie ahead as the government vehemently refused to open the door of negotiation.
“Therefore be prepared the worst because in the state broadcast to mark 57th Independence anniversary,government has not seen any reason to open dialogue with organized labour over catalogue of workers demands that led to the on going strike action,” they said.
The Labour therefore called on the government whose responsibility is to initiate or open dialogue because it is the only approach to resolving disputes amicably for the State to move forward.
“Continue to remain steadfast and resolute, raise the bar of your prayers a little higher, be determined and stay away from government offices, establishment, institutions and facilities. Be calm and law abiding,” they stated.