Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi says he will pay all salary arrears of civil servants cleared, and the pension arrears of retirees before the end of 2017.
Bello also said that he would commence prompt payment of salaries of workers in the state public service from January 2018.
He made the promise on Saturday at the commemoration of the 110th birthday of the Odeyani-Anebira, Alhaji Audu Otonoku and his eight years on the throne as the Otonoku in Lokoja.
As from January 2018, we shall be paying every one our verified civil servants salaries as time due.
“I famine to be thankful for divinity that obedient existence are launch to the relations of Kogi,” he said.
The administrator traced the origin of the suspend in the payment of workers’ salaries to giant amount outstanding which he claimed his dealing out inherited from the close ancient history administration.
According to him, the corruption in the splendor civil benefit and the want to renovate sanity to the once-over too explanation for the delay.
Bello, represented by Mr Mumuni Okara, his singular Adviser on Sustainable growth Goals (SDGs), understood that the formal administration had ready a destiny to refurbish prepare into the service.
He thought that the imperial authority had greater than before the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) from N350 million monthly to N1.2 billion.
In his remarks, the officer for Finance, Idris Asiru, thought that the territory management had bare and eliminated from the payroll over 2,000 names of human resources with fake certificates.
Asiru said that the state government needed N30 billion to clear salaries and arrears of all workers that have been cleared.
He said that the governor had given him directive to source for fund for the payment, assuring the workers that he would carry out the governor’s directive.
Earlier, the Odeyani-Anebira commended Bello for his “giant strides in security, infrastructure development and civil service reform aimed at sanitising the service’’.
The monarch also praised his title holders (Daudus) for maintaining peace and harmony among the Ebira living in Lokoja.
He also lauded the executive council of Ebira Peoples Association (EPA) for its contribution toward the development of Ebiraland.
Odeya-Onebira was born to the ancient family of Otonoku of Adangara clan in 1907 and was installed on Sept. 18, 2010 in Lokoja.
Reeling out his achievements, Otonoku said he had been able to foster unity among Ebira residents and maintained peaceful coexistence of the Ebiras with other ethnic groups in Lokoja.
He, however, called for building of a befitting palace for him and provision of vehicle befitting his status.
Otonoku also called for the empowerment of Ebira women and youths to make them self-reliant.
Highpoints of the occasion were the conferment of chieftaincy titles on some prominent citizens of Ebiraland and citizens of other tribes.
Various groups displayed the rich cultural heritage of Ebiraland, among others.