The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Thursday lamented that civil servants in Kogi State now beg to feed their families, due to non-payment of their monthly benefits.
The state chairman of NLC, Onuh Edoka, at the seventh quadrennial delegates’ conference in Lokoja retained that the civil servants were owed between seven and 30 months in salaries, a situation he said made it impossible for them to pay their bills.
It was learnt that the chairman described the local government workers, who were being paid ridiculous percentage salaries for years, as the worst hit, adding that the Ministry of Local Government had become a government of its own.
According to him, despite that retirees do not collect their pensions regularly, some of them did not receive pension months, and in some cases over one year, after retirement.
He appealed to the federal government to release the balance of N30.8 billion bailout fund to enable the state cover the salary arrears, adding that the screening exercise, though desired, was responsible for accumulation of salaries.
Responding, Governor Yahaya Bello who was represented by Chief of Staff, Edward Onoja promised to prioritise the welfare of workers in the state, even as he said that the balance of the bailout fund, when released by the federal government, would be used for payment of salaries only.
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