Organised Labour under the aegis of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) on Wednesday gave the Kogi state government a 30-day ultimatum to pay the seven-month salary it owed workers or face a strike action.
A joint statement issued by the presidents of NLC and TUC at a rally organised by their respective state chapters at the NLC office in Lokoja, revealed that the labour would go on strike if the governor refused to address lingering issues and stop the usage of two banks for workers to access their “fundamental human rights”.
Mr Ayuba Wabba, NLC National President, told the workers that no reasonable government would owe salaries for seven months.
The NLC president also hailed the workers for their determination to press home their demands despite intimidation from the state government and its apparatus.
His words: “Let me salute you for your courage and determination to pay the ultimate price for your fundamental human rights in the face of threat and intimidation.
“All over the world, nobody gets his right while sitting down and watching without taking any drastic action; there is price for liberty everywhere in the world which is vigilance.
“We have heard about your predicaments and we thought we cannot have the comfort of sitting in Abuja without coming to see and confirm the report we received.
“With our collective strength and unity, we shall surely overcome these predicaments caused by our leaders,” he said.
Also speaking, the TUC President, Mr Bobboi Kaigama, divulged that the union would not allow impunity against any worker in the state.