Hoodlums carts away rice donated to Kogi workers by National Assembly

Members of the National Assembly from Kogi State have reportedly donated 220 bags of rice to the state workers to ameliorate their suffering due to the non-payment of their salaries for several months by the state government.

The first batch of the consignment was received by Kogi state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Friday.

Some unknown hoodlums however, allegedly hijacked the rice and carted away with it.

In statement signed by the Vice Chairman of NLC, Kogi state chapter, Comrade Meliga Obaka, which was made available to newsmen in Lokoja on Friday, the union leader expressed shock and disappointment over the inhuman and uncivilized attitude of the hoodlums that hijacked the rice.

According to him “The first consignment of 220 bags of rice was still in the truck that brought it to Lokoja at the old market when hoodlums invaded the area and looted the rice.”

Obaka described the incidence as unfortunate and called on law enforcement agents to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Meanwhile, the organised Labour in Kogi State has described as outright falsehood the statement credited to the vice chairman of NLC over the percentage salaries being paid by the state government to workers.

Comrade Obaka said the affiliate unions of the NLC and TUC were currently on break when the percentage payments commenced and that meeting of the Unions had not been called on the issue to take a position.

He said the statement trending on the social media concerning the percentage payment was the figment of imagination of the writer and therefore urged the Union leaders and general public to discountenance the fake news.

According to him “I have said it unequivocally that none of the organized labour was either invited or was part of any discussion with the state government on the recent payment of percentage salaries to workers. It is imperative to workers to disregard the publication, it is misleading and we are not part of the arrangement.”

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