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Kogi  Group Backs Bello’s War On Ghost Workers

Posted: Jul 5, 2016 at 4:20 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Atabor Julius

Lokoja – A group in Kogi State, Kogi Good Governance Promoters (KGGP), has called on the people of the state to support the Governor Yahaya Bello administration’s drive to rid the state of corruption.

In a statement by the chairman of the group, Alhaji Muktar Bajeh, the group said, with the grave revelation coming from the screening committee, it was evident that the state has been held hostage by some cabals.

According to KGGP, “It is very clear that the government has the interest of the state and its people at heart. We must all work in concert with the governor to liberate the state from those that have held back development, and put the state on the part of progress.”

He noted that a situation where Kogi State Polytechnic alone has over 1,000 ghost workers, as revealed by Auditor-General for Local Government Backup Screening Committee, was very unfortunate.

“Can you imagine that In Yagba East West Local Government also, someone is receiving salaries as a teacher and at the same time as Local Government staff?

“Or the case of the 61-year-old Kogi worker with date of first appointment in 1975 who was cleared to continue in service? How can a state make progress with this monumental corruption?

“I humbly urge  the workers to call off their one-week old strike in the interest of the state, even as the continuation of  the strike while payment of salary is ongoing will be disservice to the state.

“I am particularly calling on the Kogi state University and the state polytechnic that have received four months’ salary each to go back to work in the interest of our children, otherwise posterity will not forgive us” he stressed

The group called on the state government not to be derailed from its task of building a better Kogi that would be the pride of the people, saying that the pragmatic steps taken by the government so far have shown that it is committed to the welfare of genuine workers in the state.