By Christiana Ekpa
Following the repeated death recorded over nonpayment of workers in Kogi state, about 50 senators yesterday resolved to donate 1265 bags of rice to ease the plight of the workers.
The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu has the highest donation of 100 bags of rice followed by the senator representing Kogi East, Atai Aidoko Ali with 70 bags while other senators donated 50 bags and below.
Recall that , the President of Nigeria Labour Congress NLC Ayuba Wabba had called on well meaningful individual to come to the aid of the Kogi workers by donating food items and relief materials.
The decision of the Lawmakers followed a point of order raised by Dino Melaye, representing Kogi West on the floor of the senate on Wednesday.
Melaye who came under order 43 , drew the attention of lawmakers to what he described as the pitiable state of Kogi workers who have not been played salaries for about sixteen to twenty one months Melaye who wept while explaining the precarious situation of kogi workers to the Senate, told lawmakers that the nonpayment of salaries is now a major cause of suicide in the state.
“Mr President, this morning with a bleeding heart I bring to the notice of the Senate the very pitiable situation of civil servant in Kogi. Today in my state we live in perilous time”
“The unfortunate incident of civil servant who committed suicide, upon receiving an information that his wife gave birth to triplets because he has not be paid for eleven (11)months and other civil servant cried 3 days after because he couldn’t provide N3,000 to pay for his sick child bill, unfortunately the child died.
“This is just two out of hundred incident in Kogi state, and as representative of the people, we cannot put quiet when such things are happening in of the 36 states of the Federal Republic of Nigeria if take Kogi out of Nigeria, there can never be a Nigeria”
He urged the Senate president to draw the attention of the president Muhammadu Buhari to the matter for appropriate interventions.
The Senate noted Melaye’s point and promised to look into the matter while other lawmakers take turns to console Melaye who was visibly shedding tears with others offering him handkerchief to clean up his tears.
A Director in the Kogi state Civil service had earlier this month committed suicide over alleged nonpayment of his 11 months salaries.
Meanwhile, the Kogi state government had in a press statement signed by the state Head of Service, Deaconess Deborah Ogunmola, said the deceased civil servant was paid up till December 2016.
Ogunmola said that his pay was stopped after proof emerged that he falsified his age records. His confession to the offence is on video to justify government stoppage of his salary.