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The organized labour in Kogi State has called on civil servants in the state to begin a 3-day corporate prayer session with fasting from Wednesday, October 11.
In a joint statement issued by the state chapters of the NLC, TUC and the Joint Public Service Negotiating Council (JPSNC) and signed by Olakunle Faniyi, Kolawole James and Isah Abubakar, Secretaries of NLC, TUC and JPSNC respectively, the joint labour body urged Kogi workers to observe the 3-day fasting and prayers in their respective estates, settlements and villages from Wednesday 11th to Friday 13th October 2017 as from 10.00 am each day.
The statement read in part: “You are to use the period to gather in Mosques, Churches and other agreed places close to your residences at an agreed time for corporate prayer to call upon God for His divine intervention in our matter in Kogi state. Pray to God to continue to give us the boldness and confidence to continually resist the temptation to sell our future for a morsel of porridge. We are resolute as we take our case to God.
“As you are already aware, the government is sending what it refers to as the balance of July salary into the account of some workers. Come to think of it- workers/pensioners who have not taken salary/pension between two (2) and twenty one(21) months, what is their fate? Our future as represented by our demands worth more than the balance of July salary, so let us not be deterred from this struggle for our emancipation.
“We emphasize once more that nothing other than government meeting all our demands would make us retreat in this struggle. Where the government feels this is not practicable for now, our doors, as always, remain opened for dialogue because Kogi State belongs to all of us.
“On Friday 13th October 2017, all Muslims are to book for prayers in their respective Mosques during the Juma’at Prayer, while Christians are to do the same on Sunday 15th October 2017 in their respective Churches during the Sunday Service.”
The Joint secretaries, therefore, called on those who had allegedly received part of the July salary to be benevolent to others and share with them who are in more critical situations. They urged workers to focus on stocking their homes with food items as there are no indications when the state the state government would pay salaries again. They also warned those who were in the habit of luring other workers to the offices through false texts and calls to desist from the act or else their contacts would soon be made public as saboteurs of the strike.
“Those that received the so-called balance of July salary should be benevolent to those that have been without salary all these while, even though is insufficient. You are advised that in your spending, let emphasis be on food as salary payment is not yet guaranteed in this state.
“Workers who are fond of being used to lure others to offices through text messages and phone calls are advised to desist henceforth, as their contacts will soon be made public as saboteurs,” the statement concluded.
The Joint Labour urged workers to continue to stay away from the government offices as the strike continues indefinitely.