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Kogi governor commits N2b to payment of ex-office holders

By Sulaiman Achema, Lokoja

Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has released the sum of N2 billion to clear salary arrears and severance package of past political appointees in the state.

The money is a carry over from former governor, Capt. Idris Wada, as part payment of their salary and severance package.

Chairman of the National Councilors Forum in the state, Musa Abdullahi Adakeke expressed their relief over the clearance of salary and other entitlements when he led over 512 members on a ‘thank you’ visit to the governor.

Bello said his administration will continue to welcome all those that are ready to work with him, adding that every one in the state belong to his administration.

He said that all former chairmen and secretary
of local government councils have been paid part of their salary and severance package owed by the previous administration.

According to the governor, his administration will do everything possible to take care of civil servants in the state, noting that virtually all genuine workers have been paid up till December.

He presented an 18-seater bus to the forum, and promised to consider members into positions of his “New Direction” administration.

Adakeke thanked the governor for releasing the money as part payment of their salary and severance package.

He added: “We appreciate the dogged determination of the governor to transform the state in the area of infrastructure at the rural and urban cities. This will help in no small measures to engage a number of our youth on gainful employment, thereby reducing the incidences of crime in the state and its environs”.

They called on the governor to provide 5,000 All Progressives Congress’ membership cards to them and their supporters, and approve a date for their formal decamping to the All Progressives Congress.

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