Workers’ Strike Grounds Activities In Kogi State

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Social and economic activities in Kogi State were totally grounded following the industrial action embarked on by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) in the state to protest the non-payment of their salaries.

The Leadership of organised labour had on Friday directed workers in the state public service to embark on an indefinite strike from June 27.

On Monday; the first day of the industrial action, civil servants in the state defied the order issued by the organized labour as they went about their daily activities.

But on day 2, the strike action began to gather momentum.

READ ALSO: Kogi Workers Threaten Strike Over Non-Payment Of Salaries

Daily Sun gathered that commercial banks operating in the state, also showed their support for the industrial action as all businesses in banks were left on standstill.

Quite a number of customers were said to have left their banks in disappointment as they were unable to achieve their aims due to the strike.

Long queues of customers were also noticed at the ATM points of the banks.

Meanwhile, the State Head of Service, Mrs. Hassanatu Kehinde Lawal, who spoke to journalists on the strike action, condemned the decision of the organised labour to instigate workers to go on strike, adding that issue of delay in salaries was never caused by the Governor or any of his appointees.

She disclosed that the accounts departments of various ministries should be held responsible for the delay in the payment of salaries.

She said schedule for payments to the civil servants had been prepared but that the delay to be paid by the bank was the handiwork of some accountants of some Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs).

The Head of Service, therefore, appealed to the workers to continue to show patience, stressing that the government was determined to ensure that every worker was paid.



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