The Nigeria Labour Congress in Kogi State has requested the state’s governor, Yahaya Bello, to resolve salary percentage issues for local government workers and elementary school teachers in the state.
The Kogi State NLC Chairman, Gabriel Amari, made the call on Monday in Lokoja.
He stated that the proportion for salary payment at the local government level has rendered Basic Education ineffective.
“Public commentators argue that as long as local government employees are paid on a percentage basis, economic growth at the grassroots will remain a mirage.”
“Unfortunately, the percentage payments to local government employees cause financial stress and an increase in rural-urban migration.”
“Your Excellency, as your tenor draws to an end, we urge you to compel the authorities in charge of local government to restore payment of complete salaries to workers to bring ( them at par with their state counterparts,” he said.
He added that insecurity issues also called for attention as many industries and factories have closed and relocated to neighbouring countries where their safety is guaranteed.
He added, “The hydra-headed insecurity monster has engulfed our country in all forms and all parts: ISWA/Boko Haram in the North East, banditry and kidnapping that is headquartered -in the North West, Fulani herdsmen attacks mainly in Middle-Belt and other regions, IPOB secessionist killings in the South East, inter-tribal wars Communal clashes, kidnapping for ransom all over Nigeria, the list is endless.
“It is disheartening and painful to note that despite all your efforts in the area of insecurity, there are still security infractions in the state. Recently, at Aloko Ogane-Enugu Community in Dekina Local Government, many lives and properties were lost due to the herdsmen attack.
“To face the new wave of Fulani herdsmen gorilla-styled attacks, the government should rejig its security architecture by deploying community police, vigilante and hunter groups. Arguably, conventional policing cannot cover the nukes and crannies of the state.
“Research revealed that policing in modern times is hinged on intelligence gathering, so government and all security agencies should focus on intelligence gathering to stay ahead of criminals.
” It is a fact that Kogi State is an agrarian society; farmers depend on cropping and other agricultural Practices to earn a living. Therefore, the frequent attacks by herdsmen on farmers constitute a huge threat to the social and economic stability of the state.”
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