Kogi Civil Servants yet to fully comply with NLC/TUC directive

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Lokoja  – Civil Servants in Kogi are yet to fully comply with the directive of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) to stay off work from Nov. 2.
When the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) monitored the level of compliance in Lokoja on Monday, some of the workers were seen milling around their offices, while others discussed the development in low tones.
Some of the civil servants told NAN at the state secretariat that they were in their offices to monitor how effective the directive would be.
One of the workers, Mrs Temitope Asaju, noted that the directive was “quite good,’’ as they were owed over eight months arrears of salaries.
“l came to the office today to be sure that the directive was being effectively adhered to by the workers,’’ she said.
In his reaction, another civil servant, Mr Solomon Adaji, noted that from tomorrow, no worker would be seen at any government office, unless the bailout funds for Kogi were released.
He urged the Federal Government not to play politics with the plight and yearnings of public-sector employees in the state.
Mr Ismail Abubakar, who said that he was in the office to monitor workers’ compliance with the directive, said that he was happy that most workers complied with the `stay off work order’.
Also commenting on the development, Mr Lawal Ohara, who works with the Ministry of Lands, said that there would be no work henceforth, unless the bail-out was paid.
He, however, expressed the hope that before the end of week, the federal government would have released the bail-out funds to the state government.
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The state chapters of the two apex national labour unions gave the directive to Kogi public sector employees at the weekend that they should stay away from their offices, until the bail-out funds were released to the state government.(NAN)

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