By Lawrence Olaoye
Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello, has said that only those workers who are political civil servants are on strike in his state.
The governor who came to update President Muhammadu Buhari on the development in his state told State House Correspondents that he was up to date in the payment of staff salaries in the state but agreed that he was owing only two months salaries owing to the financial hardship facing the state.
Commenting on the strike, Bello said “Those workers that are on strike are political civil servants. Real civil servants are coming to work.
We are trying our best to keep up with the payment of salaries.
There is no denying the fact that the economy is biting hard everywhere and you will recall that I met four months’ salary backlog.
I cleared it and today we are keeping up to date. We owe August and September as we speak. We are up to date in terms of salaries and those that come to work we shall pay them and those that don’t come to work, the no work no pay shall surely apply.”
Asked about progress report on the security situation in his state, Bello said “On the scale of 1 to 10 we are 70 per cent, we are doing very well even though the challenges are still there. Security is not what you tackle once and for all, you have to continue to do your best. The criminals, kidnappers, armed robbers, hoodlums will always device various tactics, they may change styles we have to change along with them and be ahead of them at any point in time in order to keep Kogi state secure and Kogi is currently secure.”
In the political outlook of the state, Bello said “Politically Kogi state is very stable It’s just a few Diaspora politicians that are making noise in the media and I think you can’t stop them from making noise when they want to but the reality on ground is that Kogi State is very very stable.”
Asked what his reaction would be to those who are scoring him low on development of the tourism potentials in his state, he said “It’s only the blind ones that will not see what we are doing. First of all before you attract tourists to your state you have to secure it; there must be infrastructure and all these are being taken care of as we speak and investors are coming in their numbers to come and invest.”
On his message to the people of the state, the governor said “The only thing is that the good people of Kogi state should continue to be patient with this government. Things are hard generally and we are trying our best and that is why we are transparent in everything that we do.
I’m sure you are aware of the periodic publishing of our accounts, very soon we are going to publish all the salaries that we have paid to workers since inception in newspapers for people to see it. All the noise about Kogi is not paying salaries will be in public domain.”