Yahaya Bello, who is the governor of Kogi state,stated publicly, while admitting that his admnistration has made an error by owing Kogi state workers between eight and 38 months due to the over two years.
Edward Onoja, Chief of Staff to Kogi state Government, who represented Governor Yahaya Bello, while speaking at the 7th NLC quadrennial congress on Thursday in Lokoja stated “when a child made mistakes he should admit he made mistakes, we have made mistakes and we are correcting it”
Onoja who was unusually sober at the ceremony was reacting to NLC chairman’s speech , Comrade Onuh Edoka who said workers were dying in dozens due to the non payment of salaries as government was owing them between eight and 38 months.
Edoka had said workers in the state have been reduced to beggars as they could not meet their domestic responsibilities while their children are driven out of school due to non payment of school fees while the condition of pensioners and local government workers some of who he said are being paid “miserable percentages of their salaries” are most precarious. Responding, Onoja who said the prolonged staff screening exercise was inevitable as it has brought some kind of sanity to the civil service system in the state, however said government was looking into where it has goofed with a view to correcting it.