The directive by labour unions in Kogi state for civil servants to commence strike action from today (Monday) is sabotage, a government statement has said.
The government said that it commenced payment of salary arrears two weeks ago and has already paid 48 out of the 55 ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) in the state. It said that the correct grade levels of workers in the remaining seven MDAs are being verified so that payment can also be made to them and resorting to strike will truncate the payment efforts.
“The Screening Exercise, which is the main cause delay in the payments of salaries, is being carried out in order to eliminate the deep rot we have within the civil service,” the Kogi state commissioner for information, culture and tourism, Mohammed Awwal Imam, said. “Those behind the proposed strike action may be those benefitting from the series of illegal salary payment in the past that has crippled the State.”
The statement implored Lecturers from the Kogi state university who are already on strike to call it off as it “affects not just the psyche of the students, but also causes further stress to the parents and ultimately tarnishes the reputation of our great State.”
The government said the ongoing screening exercise will create savings for the state and free up funds to ensure prompt payment of genuine workers.