NLC cautions Wada against diversion of bail-out fund



The organized labour in Kogi State has warned the Government of the state to shun the temptation of diverting the N50.8 billion bail-out funds for other contracts or payments of debts other than teachers’ salary arrears.

The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) Chairman Onuh Edoka, who spoke in Lokoja during the national day of action against corruption said organized labour wants all the money to be plunged into the payment of salary arrears of local government, polytechnic staff, university, college of education and other affected workers in the State.

“Any act of diversion would be resisted with full force.”
He disclosed that the organized Labour in Kogi State has set up a committee in the state to ensure that the bail out fund of N50.8 billion approved by the CBN is used for paying all workers’ outstanding salary arrears.

“The committee is to identify all the indebtedness of the state to workers with a view to presenting a common front to the governor for all the arrears the money can settle in Kogi State.”

He said they have set up a committee that would harmonize all outstanding debts owed workers for onward transmission to the Governor.

“The committee is made up of very intelligent labour leaders that would come out with a report and the letter would be forwarded to the governor to ensure that when the fund hits the government’s account no kobo of it would be diverted but used for the purpose for which it was intended.”

Edoka indicated that the bail out was meant for workers and workers alone.

The labour chief said the congress was fully in support of the anti corruption crusade of the Buhari government.

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