Hoodlums loot rice donated to Kogi workers by National Assembly members

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has condemned in totality the looting of attitude of the first consignment of 220 bags of rice sent to Kogi State by members of the National Assembly.

The rice was meant to ameliorate the suffering of the state workers who have not been paid salaries for several months by the state government.

The union also debunked media report that union leaders were part of the agreement for the payment of percentage salaries to the state and local government workers.

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

He described the action as inhuman and uncivilized.

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, who described the occurrence as much unfortunate, 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 organised 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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