Some local government workers in kogi state have taken to the streets opposing the allege plan by the state government to sack workers in the state’s civil service. There are speculations within the state civil service that some workers were intentionally denied of screening forms and subsequently barred from the screening activities. A group in the opposition party in the state, PDP National Youth Frontier (PDPNYF) said the screening the exercise was targeted at a particular category of people, full of irregularities, marred with series of omissions.
“These were evidenced, as some people were intentionally denied of screening forms and subsequently barred from the screening activities. We know Bello is aiming at sacking legitimate workers as so many of the workers were denied screening exercise , the Labour leader in kogi state were not carried along as they were skimmed out by the Governor’s cronies, who were engaged in campaign of calumny and blackmail against the state Labour leaders. These culminated to what I called “conspiracy of silence” in the whole game,” the group leader Austin Okai said while speaking to Naij.com
PDPNYF urged labour unions in the state to shutdown activities in the state adding that the governor plans to divert the bailout funds given to the state to pay workers’ salaries. “This is the time for Labour to shut down the state. It is clear from all indication, in addition to the body language that there are sinister plans to divert the Kogi state Bail out Fund, hiring of Helicopter is part of such plans and a sign of lack of Idea. “The time is now , the NLC and other Labour leaders in Kogi state should rise up to their duties to shut down the government activities in Kogi state. It is obvious Bello is treating Kogi state workers like slave and we can’t allow this to continue , NLC Kogi state chapter must wake up to their responsibility . Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Protesting civil servants in Lokoja, Kogi state “The money so approved is enough to pay every category of workers in Kogi state from cleaner in the Local Government to the highest ranked Civil Servants in the state . Bello has collected more than five months allocation before the arrival of the Bail Out Loan applied by the former Governor Wada. We are aware Yahaya Bello is harassing , intimidating and bullying the state chapter of NLC and Other Labour leaders and those he can’t bully into silence they are inducing them with money,” he added.
However, the state government has dismissed the allegations describing them as false the insinuation. The Kogi government said it has not concluded plans to sack genuine civil servants. The state deputy governor, Chief Simon Achuba, stated this in Lokoja in a message to a meeting with critical stakeholders across the state. The deputy governor, who was represented by his Principal Private Secretary, Mr Abel Obafemi, said the state government would critically look into the recommendations of the Committee towards revamping the civil service.
He explained that no genuine civil servant will be sacked in the ongoing screening. The deputy governor appealed for calm by all workers across the state as complaints arising from the exercise would be looked into and treated without delay. He called on all abiding citizens of the state to dissociate themselves from activities capable of causing unrest in the state.
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