Members of the Kogi Youth Movement for Credible Leadership (KYMCL) staged a protest along Abuja-Lokoja on Friday to express their displeasure over the donation of 1,260 bags of rice to civil servants in Kogi state by some members of the senate.
Recall that the senator representing Kogi West in the National Assembly, Dino Melaye disclosed that the senators made the donation of the bags of rice on 25th October, 2017 to assist in cushioning the effect of hardship the civil servants who were yet-to-be paid their salaries for over 22 months.
The KYMCL President in Lokoja, Mustapha Abdullahi stated that the action by the senators was a mockery of the plight of the workers.
According to him, “This act is unpatriotic and a slap on the good image of our people and a mockery on the plight of Kogi State civil servants and civil servants across the country who are suffering the same fate due to dwindling economic situation nationwide.
“If this act by the Senators was done in good fate, the donation should have been done for civil servants nationwide. “But because it was laced with politics of wickedness and hatred for the common civil servant, a mockery 1,260 bags of rice was conjured to demean the sacred pride of our people”.
Meanwhile, the protest which led to a heavy gridlock along the Abuja-Lokoja highway lasted for about an hour with protesters carrying banners and placards.
Some inscriptions on the placards reads: “Kogi is not IDP camp”, “Bags of rice cannot stop your recall”, Bye bye to ghost worker syndrome in Kogi”, “Sidon look Senators, leave Kogi alone”, “Labour shine your eyes, avoid monkey pox rice”.