Some Nigerian senators have donated no fewer than 1,260 bags of rice to civil servants in Kogi state to alleviate their sufferings.This was made known to Journalists on Wednesday by the senator representing Kogi West in the National Assembly, Dino Melaye.
According to Melaye, the donations were made in response to his clarion call on his colleagues to assist in cushioning the effect of hardship the civil servants who were yet-to-be paid their salaries for over 22 months
The senator, who also disclosed that the donations included some bags of fertiliser, said: “Gentlemen, you are aware of acute hardship in Kogi state workforce now due to over 22 months of non payment of salaries.
“At our level, we will continue to do our best to assist where necessary particularly that the situation has led to suicides across the state now”, he added.
Melaye said it was necessary that he informed his colleagues about the hardships orchestrated by the present administration of governor Yahaya Bello; stressing that the spate of suicide witnessed in the state was a result of hardship experienced by the workers.
The highest donor that made it to 1,200 bags of rice came from senator Atai Aidoko whomdomate about 70 bags of rice.
Dino promised that the items would get to Kogi workers, adding that lawmakers would heed to calls by Kogi workers for aids.