Kogi teachers to get 35% of April salary

Teachers in the Kogi State civil service would only be paid 35 percent of their April salaries.

This is based the conclusion of a series of negotiations between labour leaders and representatives of the state government.

The same percentage of salaries would also be paid to all local government workers in the states.

The government also agreed with the organised labour in the state on the payment of 80 percent of the salary to state government workers for the month of April.

The organised labour led by the State Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Onuh Edoka, had insisted that nothing short of full salary for workers would be acceptable in a meeting that ended in a deadlock with the government team in government house Lokoja on Monday.

The meeting between labour and government was occasioned by plans by the state government to pay fifty percent salaries to workers, a proposal the labour rejected, prompting government to shift ground, pleading to pay seventy five percent.

However, at a resumed meeting on Tuesday, the parties agreed on 80 percent pay owing to supposed constraints faced by the state government.

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The government team explained to the labour leaders that the slash in the salary of workers was hinged on the state’s inability to draw overdraft to pay salary, a practice that has been on for some months.

The indebtedness over time, according to the government team runs into N4.8 billion, a situation that led to the bank mopping up the March 2020 statutory allocation paid in April.

Also, owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CBN’s new guidelines does not permit the granting of huge overdraft.

As a result, it is difficult for any bank to give same gesture to the state government as enjoyed in the past.

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