Percentage Salaries; Kogi NLC Chair Disowns granting press interview.
The attention of the leadership of the organised Labour in state has been drawn to a story published in some national dailies of 16th March, 2022 alleging that the NLC chairman Onuh Edoka confirmed that no percentage salary was paid to Kogi state workers.
Recall that the alleged story was published on the 16th March, 2022 editions of Punch, Guardian, Daily Independent,Thisday, daily Trust, vanguard,Sun, and blueprint newspapers
In a statement signed by the Secretary of the Council , Comrade Paul Omale, and made available to Journalists in Lokoja on Tuesday said the author of the story was clearly on a mission to set the workers of the state against the leadership of the organised Labour.
“There was no such interview or press statement issued by the NLC chairman, Mr Onuh Edoka to any media houses.
“The organised Labour in the state is amazed on how some reputable media houses could be used to published such an untrue and misleading story” the statement lamented
On the issue of the percentage salaries paid in the month of February, the state government, through the Commissioner for Finance, Asiwaju Ashiru issued press statement to explain what necessitated the payment of February salary in percentages with a promise that the balance will be paid in the preceding month for state civil servants.
The Local Government councils also paid percentages to workers at that level.
The statement wondered how could the NLC chairman, Onuh Edoka then turn around to confirm that no percentage salary was paid when the government had through a press release by the Commissioner for Finance offered explanation for the percentage salaries paid in the state
According to him “We wish to call on the workers of the state to ignore the publication as it was done by mischief makers to cause disaffection between the workforce and the leadership of the organised Labour in the state.
“Workers should be rest assured that their welfare at all times remain the topmost priority of the Labour leadership.
While advising media houses in the country not to throw the ethics of journalism profession to the dogs, bemoaned a situation where nearly all the leading national dailies in the country published a fake story at the same time for whatever pecuniary reasons is most unfortunate