Kogi NLC ap­peals to Buhari over bailout funds

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Itodo Daniel Sule, Lokoja

The Nige­ria Labour Congress (NLC) yesterday ex­pressed con­cern over de­lay in the re­lease of the N50.9 bil­lion bailout funds ap­proved for Kogi State, and ap­pealed to Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari not to al­low ‘‘him­self to be hood­winked by politi­cians to frus­trate his good in­ten­tion to sal­vage work­ers of the state’’.

The NLC chair­man in the state, Com­rade Onu Edoka, spoke on the oc­ca­sion of World Teach­ers’ Day in Lokoja, against the back­drop of in­sin­u­a­tion in some quar­ters that re­lease of the funds were be­ing de­layed be­cause of the Novem­ber 21 gov­er­nor­ship elec­tions in the state.

Onu, who de­scribed the al­leged ac­tion as un­for­tu­nate, said the suf­fer­ing work­ers in the state should not be dragged into pol­i­tics, adding that what should be para­mount to any gov­ern­ment is the wel­fare of work­ers re­gard­less of po­lit­i­cal con­sid­er­a­tions.

“We are wor­ried by the flimsy ex­cuses given over the money which was gra­ciously ap­proved by the pres­i­dent to sal­vage the Nige­ria suf­fer­ing work­ers. We can’t un­der­stand why Kogi State is dif­fer­ent. The rea­son they are giv­ing for non re­lease of the bailout is not ac­cept­able to Labour in Kogi”, he said.

He said or­ga­nized Labour in the state would meet and take de­ci­sions on the mat­ter in the weeks ahead.

Edoka, who lamented the hard­ship fac­ing lo­cal coun­cil work­ers and teach­ers in the state, added that ef­forts will be made to en­sure that the bail-out fund is re­leased to off-set their salary ar­rears.

Ear­lier, the teach­ers who turned out for the cel­e­bra­tion had chanted:”All We are say­ing, give us bailout. “Teach­ers are cus­to­di­ans of so­ci­etal val­ues, treat them well,” No Teach­ers, no Na­tion”, amongst oth­ers.

To calm the fray­ing nerves, pi­o­neer chair­man of the Nige­ria Union of Teach­ers (NUT) in Kogi, El­der Kay­ode Okuku begged the teach­ers to per­se­vere, stress­ing that God will in­ter­vene at the ap­pro­pri­ate time.

On his part, Kogi State Head of Ser­vice, Dr Moses Atakpa, ap­pealed to the teach­ers to be pa­tient as gov­ern­ment was do­ing ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to al­le­vi­ate their pains. He said teach­ers would have cause to smile in the next few weeks.

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