Group faults Senate donation of 1, 260 bags of rice to Kogi civil servants

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The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Kogi chapter, on Thursday faulted the decision of the Senate to donate 1,260 bags of rice to Kogi state civil servants who have not been paid salaries for periods ranging from between 9 and 18 months.

In a statement credited to the group and seen by Today’secho, it accused the Senate of playing politics with the fate of unpaid civil servants in the state.

NYCN Chairman, Mr Oladele Nihi on Thursday in Lokoja, said the council was deeply concerned over the purported donation of 1, 260 bags of rice to civil servants in Kogi. He wondered why the Senate did not find it appropriate to make similar donations to civil servants nationwide owed salaries by state governments.

“It is being orchestrated by primordial instincts to paint Kogi in the dark light for cheap and selfish political gains. It is an insult on us, the statement read.

“Kogi might be feeling the brunt of the economic crisis that is currently bedeviling the whole country, but that does not mean a group of people with inordinate ambition should sit in Abuja and paint Kogi like a Somalia of some sort,’’ Nihi said.

He said that if the intentions of the Senators were genuine, they would have made the donation to all the 9,000 civil servants in the state and not the 1,260 bags they were reported to have donated.

“One would expect that the Senate which is the highest law making body in the country be more decorous and fair in attending to such matters as sensitive as this.

“We expect the distinguished senators to be non partisan and fair by sending delegation to verify the true state of things before playing to the gallery,’’ he added.

Yesterday, Senator Dino Melaye went on his kneels on the floor of the house, as he tried to paint a picture of the suffering of Kogi workers. The 1,260 bags of rice were donated by 40 sympathetic Senators.

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