The Kogi state Government has threatened to sack striking workers if the state if they refused to return to duty.
This is coming as leadership of the organized labour alleged threats to their lives.
The Labour leaders alleged that agents of government including armed thugs and “overzealous” security agents had been trailing them since the strike commenced last Friday.
In a statement signed by Secretary of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC and the Trade Union Congress, TUC, Olakunle Faniyi and Kolawole James and Joint Public Services negotiating council counterpart, Isah Abubakar, said the aim of the ‘people’ was to maim the labour leaders over their roles in the ongoing strike that had paralysed government activities in the state.
“The organised labour noted that Kogi state government cannot be underrated when it comes to organising state violence drawing example from the recent activities of thugs that attacked the State House of Assembly and beat up Honourable Members of the House under the full presences of security agents.” the statement said.
The leadership has called on the Commissioner of Police Kogi State Command and the Director, State Security Services, SSS to watch their men closely so as to forestall the use of any of them by the state government to molest innocent and law abiding citizens of the state.
But the state government through Kingsley Fanwo, the Director General, Media and Publicity to the governor, said plan is on-going to decide the fate of striking workers as it warned that it would not pay workers who fail to turn-up for work.
He said, “Government is assessing the situation in the state as it relates to the ongoing industrial action called by labor union leaders in the state as it may afford the state the opportunity to correct the top-loaded civil service in the state.
“Government has done its best to satisfy the demands of Labour in the state, including the settlement of salary arrears met on assumption of office by the present administration.
”The recent employment of lawyers at the Ministry of Justice in Kogi State has shown the dynamism young and willing people can inject into governance. Government may be left with no option than to fill vacancies left by striking workers.
“We urge workers to return to their duty posts and continue to make their demands. We will yield to demands that are tenable but there is no organization in the world that will kick against the electronic register.
“We are a listening government but we owe the Kogi people responsibility to protect their interests. How can a group of 21st Century workers say they don’t want their employees to know when they come to work and when they leave? How can a group of dynamic workers say they don’t want a pension scheme they can track on their phones and other devices?
“Continuous abstinence from work will be tantamount to abdication of duty and government will have no choice than to be decisive in order to save the system. We must protect our state from those who politic with the welfare of the people.”