The labour leaders applauded government for keeping to its promise to defray the outstanding salary and pensions being owed workers and retirees. With the payment of the two months salaries, the workers in Kogi State are now being owed between six and 37 months salary arrears. “We appeal to the state government to sustain the current tempo of payment to enable it settle all outstanding salary arrears in due course,” Edoka and Ojo said in the statement.
They however, called for an improvement in the percentage of salary being paid to teachers and local government workers. “Any percentage short of what was agreed with Labour will not be acceptable,” the statement added.
The organised labour pledged its unequivocal loyalty to the government, but stressed that its main concern remained the welfare and well- being of workers and pensioners.
They also appealed to the Federal Government to expedite action on the release of the N30.8billion balance of the bailout fund to the state government.