The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the fear of sack has gripped workers at state and local levels in Kogi, following the release of an interim report of workers’ verification in the state.
The workers fear that no fewer than 10,000 among them might have been sacked by the state government because some workers in the local governments could not find their names on the lists of genuine staff became apprehensive and others protested.
In Lokoja Local Government, where some 400 workers were affected, the workers blocked the main road in the town and disrupted vehicular and human movements for hours.
It took the intervention of a detachment of policemen to disperse them and clear the road of the bonfires they erected on the road. In Okehi Local Government and Okene Local Government, workers waited for the list to know their fate.
Meanwhile, the state government insists that those protesting the interim report were not genuine workers.
In a statement signed by Alhaji Abdulkarim Abdulmalik , Special Adviser to the Governor on Media. He said, the protesters were not civil servants. Some of them who were interrogated by the security agents at the scene of protest could not produce their staff identity cards.
“The genuine local government workers that claimed to have been affected by the preliminary report of the screening have been told to channel their problem to the appropriate authority and they have started complying“, the statement said.
The statement maintained that, “It has been confirmed that the motive behind the demonstration is to cause mayhem in the state. The screening exercise has yielded results and any right thinking persons in the state can attest to it”.
It warned that anybody caught causing problem under any guise would face the full wrath of the law.