The Kogi State organised labour has condemned the reported story credited to the Head of Service, Deborah Ogunmola, that 300 ghost workers have been discovered in the state which was allegedly planted by senior civil servants in the state.
The Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress, Onuh Edoka and the Chairman of Trade Union Congress, Comrade Ranti Ojo, in a statement, described the report as unfortunate given the fact that the state government had conducted staff verification exercise that lasted for over three years.
The organised labour stated that aside from the verification exercise that lasted three years, the state government also organised pay parade for all workers and had their biometric data captured.
The group challenged the Head of Service in the state to release the names of the ghost workers and those involved in employing them.
The Labour Leaders questioned how senior civil servants could include the names of workers in the pay roll without the knowledge of the governor.
They said, “Until the identities of those involved are revealed, the organised labour would view the action of the Head of Service as a deliberate attempt to rubbish what the State government has achieved from the screening exercise and thereby throw the entire workforce into another round of screening exercise again.”
The organised labour also accused the Head of Service of finding avenues of perpetuating herself in office having reached her retirement age in service since two years ago.
The statement advised the state government not to listen to any advice that could set it against workers, noting that the Head of Service outburst was a coup against workers aimed at denying them their minimum wage.
It called on the state government to hasten the implementation of the minimum wage to the workforce as being done in other states.