By Richard Olukayode
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has reiterated his commitment to enthroning a credible civil service that is ready to complement the New Direction policies of his administration.
The Governor who stated this in Lokoja said the report of the ongoing staff verification exercise will be fully implemented and people involved in the ghost workers fraud in the state, will face the wrath of the law.
“I am regularly briefed on the activities of the staff verification panel and I want to say I am excited about what the exercise will bring to our economy, what we can save to boost our infrastructure and the openings that will be available to others who want jobs.
“Let me reiterate my earlier commitment to the Kogi people that I will build an incorrigible civil service and stop the draining of our resources by ghost workers. Kogi State deserves a n efficient and vibrant civil service and I want to assure you all that we our government shall achieve that.
“I want to express gratitude to Kogi workers for supporting the exercise. It goes to show that they know what we know: That ghost workers are cankerworms that have eaten our economy dry. They are also the ones who have made it hard for us to pay wages”.
The Governor said he will continue to ensure prompt payment of salaries, insisting that workers must not be made to suffer after rendering services to the state.
He insisted that the recently approved bailout will be judiciously utilized to achieve the aim of the Buhari administration in offering the bailout to improve the capacity of states to pay wages.
On the allegation by former Governor Idris Wada that he was the one who works for the bailout and not the Governor, Bello said his administration only met the conditions set out for the approval of the bailout.