– NLC chairman among 9000 people fired in Kogi state
– Says he is still baffled by the outcome of the screening that identified him as a ghost worker
– Insists that the workers are not illegal and the NLC could bring them out on the street
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) chairman in Kogi state Onuh Edoka, has been fired over reports that he is a ‘ghost worker’.
Premium Times reports that the NLC chairman is one of about 9000 people sacked in the state after a screening exercise carried out to eject illegal workers from the 21 local government areas of the state.
Edoka, who serves as the head of both the Medical Health Workers Union and the NLC in the state, was reportedly employed in 1989, and serves as a Disease and Surveillance Officer in the state.
Speaking on the development, he expressed his shock over the result of the screening exercise headed by Paul Okuntimo, a retired general.
In a chat with Premium Times, Edoka said: “The General’s committee claims that I submitted the wrong bank statements. But they only asked for my statement of accounts for the past two years which I submitted.
“The government just got a bailout based on the current staff strength. Suddenly they want to retrench workers to divert the funds even though some of these workers have not been paid for over 23 months. “The NLC is saying that these people are not ghost workers.
They are living beings and we are ready to bring them out on the streets of Lokoja so that the world can see that they are not ghosts but real workers of Kogi state.” On the outcome of the screening process, the media aide to Governor Yahaya Bello, Gbenga Olorunpomi stated that it was transparent and designed to identify persons who were employed fraudulently. According to him: “For example, many of them refused to supply their BVNs [Bank Verification Numbers].
This automatically brings up the question of why they don’t have BVNs if they don’t have anything to hide.
“The governor has assured the people that no legitimate worker in Kogi state will be sacked. But there are some people who got into the system fraudulently. For those people, we have no apologies.” Meanwhile, some local government workers in the state have taken to the streets opposing the alleged plan by the state government to sack workers in the state’s civil service.
There are speculations within the state civil service that some workers were intentionally denied of screening forms and subsequently barred from the screening activities.
A group in the opposition party in the state, PDP National Youth Frontier (PDPNYF) said the screening the exercise was targeted at a particular category of people, full of irregularities, marred with series of omissions.
Culled from: https://www.naij.com/841573-unbelievable-nlc-chairman-sacked-ghost-worker.html