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Kogi Government Begins Payment of 5 Months Salary Arrears

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Yahaya BelloKogi Government on Tuesday announced that it would within the week commence the payment of 5 months salary arrears to its workers.

Governor Yahaya Bello told newsmen in Lokoja said that the salary arrears would be paid from the N20 billion bailout funds received by the state government from the Central Bank of Nigeria.

Bello said that government had no intention of keeping the money for other purposes, stressing that it would be strictly used to offset the backlog of workers salaries.

The governor said the workers would receive their money through their bank accounts.

“We have a list of genuine workers being owed salary arrears, no committee will be set up to appropriate the bailout funds. The payment will follow the normal process in place for salary payment to workers through bank transactions,” he said.

On recent protest by some local government staff who were not on the cleared list released by the staff verification committee, the governor assured that the full authenticated list would be released soon.

“No single genuine worker will be left out unpaid, as a genuine worker, you will be screened and remain in service. After the exercise , if you are left out, the unions should come forward with such names and you will be paid. Those benefitting from the rotten system will not want the exercise to succeed; no way for ghost workers. It is not the present exercise that is the problem, the crime committed in the past is the problem, we will not be intimidated,” the governor said.

Bello also reiterated the resolve of the administration to probe all contracts awarded by his predecessors.

“Those who looted, we will fish them out, recover the looted funds and prosecute them,” the governor added.

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21 Comments

  1. Prince

    May 24, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    This is no news. you aint doing them any favour. Why do the crazy politicians take people for granted. What’s the big deal in paying them. The bible tells us that a labourer is entitle to his wages.

  2. Ngozi

    May 24, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    Ope o. I like the genuine workers part. I desire that they are not owed anymore. Labourers deserve their wages.

  3. A Real Nigerian

    May 24, 2016 at 7:18 pm

    Kogi, by far one of the dirtiest, smelliest and most disorganised states in the country, only behind the likes of Abia, Oyo, Anambra and Lagos.

  4. Anna

    May 24, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    Thank God. Kogi state uni has been on strike now for weeks. Atleast now students can return back to school.

  5. Private enterprise

    May 25, 2016 at 1:22 am

    This is what happens in a country dependent on government. Why isn’t it illegal to delay salary payments?

  6. AANUOLUWAPO OYEDELE

    May 25, 2016 at 8:45 am

    i hope Kwara and Osun will follow suit oooooooooo

  7. Ainoko

    May 25, 2016 at 11:42 am

    All talk is about workers’ payments. What about payment of unpaid gratuity and pension arrears?

  8. Ainoko

    May 25, 2016 at 11:54 am

    Talk is only about salary arrears. What about unpaid gratuity and arrears of pension?

  9. Pat

    May 25, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    Yahaya is a thieve

  10. Pat

    May 25, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    Yahaya said he ws nt own a kobo.whn he ws a federal civil servant…lgs workers in kogi st are own salary arrear btw 30 to 35months…of wht dey work for…after d long sufering cbn release 20b out of d 50b…now wht yahaya can do now is to massively sack dis legitimate workers…..from getting dere wages………hevean must purnish yahaya unless he revert d report

  11. vic3

    May 25, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    heaven will punish you @ pat …wat are u typing….maybe you don’t know he has been paying d depths of wada …or which money did u kip down 4 payment…. maybe u love d 40% wada has bin paying…. pertaining to wat was handed ova to him …d last employment exercise 4 state was don in 2009 and 4 local govt 2005 so he’s all oda ones employed afta den are not authentic which amounts to percentage payment of today..
    d govt can only b considerate by reconsidering dem……yahaya z not a thief he declared his asset worth 50b naira b4 becoming d governor…. so chose your words wisely and pray 4 your state

  12. Christus

    May 26, 2016 at 10:15 pm

    Thank God for that but is now 2 days and we are yet to receive any alert.

  13. pat

    May 27, 2016 at 11:13 am

    d recent bailout release by cbn, was release base on d staff strength of d state.now dat 2obill out of 5obillion approved ws released…surdenly u wnt to sack legitimate workers who av pass tru hell of hunger for years,in disguise of looking for ghost workers……..in attempt to sack dox workers and divert dere money into anoder use………haaaaba.yahaya God go purnish u…unless u revert dat useless report…and stp inflicting pains,heart attack on dis legitimate workers who av suffer for yrs.despite dat ur interim stay in luggard house wil soon b over.and to u (vic3)a see u as a novice,cox dnt u knw dat govt is a countinueous process.d issue of wheather is wada dat own worker den dox nt mk anysense….as a governor u inherit d state burden..and as for him declearing his 5ob asset…wht senses dox dat mean…a thieve is a thieve…so he wnt to steal kogi bailout and run away bcox he knows his days are number abii…god go purnish am…thieve

  14. David

    June 7, 2016 at 10:24 am

    I HAVE FEW COMMENTS: 1) I CONGRATULATES OUR NEW GOVERNOR.- FOR THE SUCCESS OF THE STAFF AUDITING. 2) PLS LOOK INTO THE ISSUE OF GRATUITY & PENSION PAYMENT AFTER THE SALARY ARREARS PAYMENT. I WILL TALK LATER CONCERNING THE SACKED WORKERS. WE ARE PROUD OF YOU. I AM A KOGITE BUT RESIDES & WORK IN ILORIN.

  15. Ajibola Emmanuel

    June 11, 2016 at 5:07 am

    God will intervene in Kogi matter

  16. denis drisin

    June 12, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    APC is change nt 4 retired staff. gvt of yahaya bell datch car to chairman and never care to ask if dey where genuinely elected

  17. kip dream alive

    June 16, 2016 at 2:28 pm

    Can Someone beg bello 4 me to pay my Mother her salary so that I can go back to school ApC is 4 change not 4 chain

  18. Berbatov

    June 20, 2016 at 10:51 am

    I pray Allah will EPP him few fufil hz mission!!!

  19. mrs azeezat yakubu

    June 21, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    My oga at d top d amiable gov yahaya adoza bello i am strongly in support of your administration right from d election primaries and voting kogite shld accept dat this era has zero tolerance for corruption same at d federal level i am lookin forward to a new kogi God bless federal republic of NIgeria God bless kogi

  20. AUDU ABDULFATTAH

    September 2, 2016 at 11:25 am

    May Almighty Allah helps our amiable governor to pilot the affairs of our dear state

  21. Bright

    September 9, 2016 at 12:23 am

    all i know 4years go soon complete,that sit no b anybody papa sit.

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