Pandemonium in Kogi as Bello Plans to Sack 10,000 Workers After Verification Exercise
Tension 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.
The News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) learnt in Lokoja on Monday that some workers in the local governments who 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.
“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.