From Atabor Julius, Lokoja
Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello has said that the state government would save up to N10 billion annually as direct benefit of the just concluded staff audit in the state.
Governor Bello said the recently concluded staff screening and verification exercise was a huge success and assured all those verified of prompt payment of their salaries and pension.
He stated this at the inauguration of the Nigerian Army Forward Operation Base at Achoze in Okene Local Government, noting that civil servants who were successfully cleared during the exercise could attest that their salaries and arrears were being paid.
According to him, ‘‘we are determined to give them a future in which wages are promptly paid for work actually done.
‘‘Even our detractors cannot deny that the exercise has strengthened our civil service; it will ultimately save Kogi at least N10 billion annually.”
Bello assured that the government would not shirk its responsibilities to 97 per cent of the state population who were non-civil servants.
He said the administration would provide necessary infrastructure to uplift the state, adding that it was also focused on unlocking opportunities in the tourism sector.
The Governor commended the courage and integrity of security agencies in the state for changing the ”evil narrative of insecurity in Kogi to good.”
The governor recalled that the state was helplessly in the grip of terrorists, kidnappers, armed robbers and cultists at the inception of his administration about 18 months ago.
Bello, however, noted that efforts of security agencies have brought about peace and security which encouraged fresh investments into the state.