The Chief of Staff to the Kogi State Governor Chief Edward Onoja has debunked the news credited to him that he acknowledged that the State and the Governor had goofed for owing the civil servants in the State between 8-38months salaries.
He also affirmed that the State does not owe any genuine civil servants in the State, such ridiculous amount of salary arrears, stating that most of the persons crying wolf were civil servants who have were affected during the screening exercise due to certain anomalies.
The Chief of Staff said this on Saturday, at a one day interactive meeting organised by the Better Kogi Movement with the theme Quality Leadership and Youths Inclusiveness in Governance held at Halims Hotel in Lokoja.
He said the Media was constituting a major National problem which required immediate check as the infiltration of falsehood and propaganda was becoming alarming.
The Chief of Staff affirmed that the State Government all across its tiers owe a maximum of Four months salary, which he assured that the State would in no time settle the owed areaers when it access the bail out fund it was processing from the Federal Government
Chief Edward stated that during the Civil Service screening exercise in the first year of the New Direction Administration, about 10,000 civil servants were found wanting, falling under categories ranging from age falsification, certificate forgery and other issues raised during the exercise.
He stated that these persons based on right practices should have been removed from service and further legal actions taken, but due to the magnanimity of the Governor many were pardoned and soft landing were offered.
The Chief of Staff stated that the magnanimity of the State Government was now being taken for granted as he opined that the state would take such steps days to come.
He said the people should be mind full of the information which they believe and spread on the social media as it was there duty to verify such information so as to ensure that truthfulness was upheld in the society.