Kogi state government declares not owing workers’ salaries

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[Kogi]–The Kogi State Government has said that the State Government was not owing salaries of civil servants as it has carefully discharged all its responisibilities towards its workers.

In a media chat with newsmen, Mr Gbenga Olorunpomi, the Senior Special Assistant on Electronic Media to Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi claimed that the government had paid the salaries of all workers cleared by the recently concluded civil servants verification exercise.

“This government came to power at the time civil servants were on strike; the issue that led to the strike was that of the salaries owed to the workers for many months.

“At that time, all schools in the state were shut down; the government of Gov. Yahaya Bello then decided that the only way to tackle this was to do total civil service verification.

“In the process, we found out that the state had  plenty issues; about 83,000 personnel were withdrawing salaries from the state and this is a state that is barely 25 years old.

“So there was need to do an audit to find out how we got to the situation where there were more senior than junior level civil servants; it was lopsided,” he said.

Olorunpomi said the civil service reform exercise earlier embarked upon by the state had been completed and the state now has a civil service that the government can manage.

“All persons that were cleared by whatever committee that was set up at the time were paid.

“We got our bailout fund to do this, we used the resources that came in from FAC allocation and we have been paying salaries since then.

“Whatever noise we are hearing now is either by those who are yet to be cleared or those who have benefited from the system of inefficiency in the past.

“Anyone who has been certified cleared has been paid salary.

“To prove our point, we published the names and amounts paid to all workers, ministries, departments and agencies in the state’s website, www.kogistate.gov.ng.

“The website will show you all the amount of monies paid to workers as salaries, pension and other entitlements since the inception of this government in January 2016 to date.

“As I speak with you now, Kogi state is moving ahead to a better future,” he said.

THE PAGE earlier reported on May Day that the Nigerian Labour Congress, Kogi State branch cancelled this year’s May Day celebration to express its displeasure over alleged government’s poor handling of members’ welfare in the state.

According to state chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Onuh Edoka, The union said there was no reason to celebrate as workers and pensioners have been experiencing hardship in the past 14 months due to the non-payment of salaries and pensions.

They explained that the non-payment of salaries to a large number of workers and pensioners have destroyed the civil service and the workforce.

They denied the claims by some government aides on Facebook and Twitter that all workers have been paid their salaries.

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