After admitting owing civil servants in Kogi State 38 months salary
arrears, Governor Yahaya Bello has made a U-turn, saying he is not owing
any worker a dime in his four-year tenure.
Governor Bello was
however quick to add that salaries being owed workers were from the
previous administrations, adding that arrangements have been concluded
to clear the backlog of salaries.
Addressing journalists in
Kaduna shortly after the Northern Governors’ Forum meeting on Friday,
Governor Bello disclosed that his administration never owed workers.
to him, only five months arrears is the issue, pointing out that the
five months outstanding salaries was incurred by the former
administration which was passed to his own administration.
said, “What was owed by the previous administration is exactly what is
being owed now. Under my watch, I m not owing a single dime but
inherited liability which Mr. President has approved. As soon as we draw
that we shall clear all the arrears.
“I am promising that before
December, the issue of salary arrears would be a thing of the past. And
even without accessing the N30.8 billion I will raise money and clear
the remaining arrears”.
The governor, who expressed his
commitment to removing ghost workers from the state’s civil service,
hinted that the outstanding arrears were backlog from past
administrations in the state.
He also hinted that the previous
administration applied for N80.5 billion from the Federal Government and
that President Muhammadu Buhari approved N50. 8 billion out of the
He said due to his prudent nature, he decided to withdraw
only N20 billion which utilisation was published in national dailies
including how it was shared with the local governments.
The governor said he is expecting the remaining N30,8 billion to clear the salary arrears before December.