From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello has promised the people of the state of more democracy dividends just as he vowed to take legal action against workers who compromised the system and fraudulently intercepted wages to which they were not entitled.
Bello made the promise during a state broadcast to mark this year’s 60th anniversary of the country on Thursday.
According to him, bringing consequences to those who compromised our workforce and payroll is one way we can forcefully deter such misconduct the in future.
He gave the assurance the period of non-payment, late payment and percentage payment of salaries been suffered by civil servants and pensioners in the state is over adding that prompt payment of salaries have become the norm now.
” In as much as government revenues have always been tight since we came on board and worsened by the global breakout of COVID-19, we will endeavour to keep meeting our wages obligations to the genuine civil servants of Kogi States.
“To give you an idea of the huge scale of this problem, let me inform you that this administration has had to clear over N50billion in salary obligations inherited from previous administrations.
“The bulk of that money was borrowed and along with our other debt obligations continues to impede our ability to free up funds for infrastructural and other development as we would like. Those whose actions hurt our state and people must face a reckoning,” he stated.
He said those who look at Nigeria and see a dysfunctional polity or as some irrationally say, ‘a failed state’, could only do so because they refused or otherwise failed to acquire a dynamic understanding of the nation’s ongoing metamorphosis.
He said every Nigerian would agree that the journey together has been a challenging odyssey adding that It was a credit to unbroken will of Nigerians to succeed and the resilience as a nation of diverse peoples that we have made it thus far.
“We are not great because we have gotten it right in all respects but because we have what it takes. We have been blessed by our Creator with abundance of the human resources and natural endowments. All that remains is for us to get our act together – in citizenship and civics, but more importantly, in leadership and governance” he stated.