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Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state (image courtesy: State House)

The Trade Union Congress (TUC) has appealed to the Kogi government to source for funds to pay its members their outstanding salaries and allowances, Concise News reports.

Ranti Ojo, the Chairman of the state chapter of TUC, made the appeal in Lokoja on Thursday while speaking at the 4th Triennial Delegates’ Conference of the congress.

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“Aside the staggering arrears of salary, TUC members are grossly being owed leave bonus, annual increment and implementation of promotion, spanning over five years,” Ojo said.

According to him, the state government still owes members of TUC 30 per cent of August to December 2017 salaries and other arrears which is three months of the old minimum wage

“There are other legitimate entitlements of workers that have remained outstanding over years. Leave bonus for instance has not been paid since the inception of Gov. Yahaya Bello-led administration.

“We hereby use this occasion to passionately appeal to the governor to make a difference in this regard by paying the entire arrears of leave bonus. ”

He, however, commended the state government for releasing N100 million for the payment of backlog of gratuities to workers.

The TUC Chairman expressed reservation over the mode of disbursement of the money by the state government.

“A situation where a worker whose gratuity supposed to be N7 million is given only N100, 000 makes a caricature of the payment.

“We hereby suggest that government should make the payment meaningful by paying fully and in batches to the beneficiaries, using the principle of First -in -First-out (FIFO).”

In his speech, the former head of media and programme TUC, Onyeka Chris, advised union leaders to always bear in mind that the survival of any organisation depended on the commitment of its leaders.

He urged the new executives of TUC to be up and doing in the interest of their members who depended on them for adequate welfare.

At the end of the conference, Ojo and other members of the his executive were returned unopposed by the delegates for another three years.

200, 000 rural dwellers to benefit Kogi CSDA projects

In related news, Malam Momoh Dauda, General Manager, Kogi State Community and Social Development Agency (CSDA), on Thursday said over 200,000 rural dwellers are to benefit from the Agency’s micro projects before the end of this year.

The General Manager stated this at the opening of a two-day training organised for Community and Group Projects Management Committees (CPGMCs) on project management in Kabba, Kogi State.

Dauda said that the Agency currently had 110 micro projects drawn from 55 Community Development Projects (CDPs) under the World Bank assisted Community and Social Development Project (CSDP) being implemented in seven Local Government Areas of the state.

He said the benefiting communities were selected from the State Poverty Map.

According to him, the State Government has, from 2018 to date, partnered the World Bank, contributing over N550 million to facilitate the Agency’s intervention projects in communities across the state.

He said most of the projects would be completed before the end of this year, adding that the terrain of some communities might hinder timely completion.

He urged the  trainee CPGMC members not to compromise on standard, just as he called on them to ensure completion of the projects on time.

In his remarks, Raphael Okomoda, chairman, Board of Directors of the Agency , reminded the CPGMC members that the CSDP concept adopted Community-Driven Development approach, where communities were given the latitude to choose their projects.

He urged the committees to be open, transparent and accountable, saying that their activities should not be shrouded in secrecy to give room for suspicion.

The Obaro of Kaaba, Oba Solomon Owoniyi, represented by Chief Nelson Adeyemi, the Obarowo of Oweland, urged the committees to utilise the resources entrusted in their care for the purposes intended, and be able to give proper account at all times.