By Ameer Obansa, Lokoja
The Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has said that he will never reneged on his promise on the payment of salaries to the workers in the state civil service.
In a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Petra Akinti Onyegbule, said his decision to embark on table payment was aimed at wiping out ghost workers from the state pay roll permanently.
“There have been a few reports in the media that the Governor of Kogi State, His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has gone back on his word to pay civil servants salaries owed them for the past four months.
“Nothing can be farther than the truth as the Governor has high regards for his words. It is expedient to put the facts right so that the reports do not cause further distrust between the government of His Excellency and the people.
“The Organised Labour in the state held a protest in solidarity with the National Labour Union’s call for increased minimum wage. At the Government House, Lokoja the protesting union met with the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr. Edward Onoja and other senior government officials on Tuesday October 30, 2018. At that meeting Labour leaders alleged that there was still corruption in the payroll and therefore they do not trust the figure government states to be the wage bill of the state.
“As allegations of corruption are weighty and grave especially when they come from the Labour Union which is a critical stakeholder in governance, it is necessary to regain and keep the trust necessary to work together as partners in progress.
“It is on this basis that the Kogi State Government will be paying one month salary immediately through bank credits, (which has already been done) then two and three months for MDAs and tertiary institutions respectively through cheques which will be issued to civil servants for immediate conversion to cash.
“Understandably, there are fears that this might be cumbersome but government will make the process decentralized and in the easiest of manners such that will not make life difficult for the people.
“Please note that all obligations on civil servants to various financial institutions they are indebted to shall be deducted at source for onward remittance to the institutions concerned while the balance will be paid in cheque as aforementioned.
“His Excellency has tremendous respect and gratitude to the people of Kogi State for the enormous support that they have given his administration particularly as government decided to tackle the hydraheaded monster of corruption in the form of ghost workers cabal and payroll racketeering.
“with the choice of either continuing with business as usual which was going to put generations unborn in long term bondage or taking the tough decision to reposition the civil service for productivity, efficiency and effective service delivery, it was clear that the best route to the Kogi we will be proud to bequeath to our children will be torturous and the journey arduous. The statement stressed
The statement added that “Kogites embarked on this tough journey with my government and I reassure you that years from now you will be glad we did this. May the Almighty spare our lives to experience the Kogi we are all toiling for”.
” Be assured that these tough times will soon be behind us as we work towards a great future. The statement added
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