The Secretary to the Government of Kogi State, Dr. Ayaode Folashade has appealed to the state Judiciary workers to present themselves for screening as directed by the government or risk not being paid.
Dr. Ayaode made the remark in Lokoja while briefing journalists on the progress made by so far by the “Table Payment Committee” that was recently constituted by Governor Yahaya Bello.
She said Governor Bello, the number one citizen of the state could submit himself for data capturing in order to ensure transparency in payment, there was no reason others should not do same.
According to the SSG, the state’s judiciary workers had nothing to be worried about as the effort was simply to make known the real workers in the third arm of the government and to also afford the state government the opportunity to have a dependable data for the advancement of Kogi State.
She further noted that the state government through the table payment exercise was able to discover over four hundred (400) unclaimed cheques that have since helped increased the salary payment of local government workers.
The SSG appealed to the judiciary workers to sheathe their swords and allow peace to rein by yielding and complying with the laid down procedures for the good of the state.
“The New Direction Government under the leadership of Governor Yahaya Bello is interested in leaving a better Kogi State. The screening was an eye opener. We inherited a lot of backlog of salaries. They were a lot of diaspora workers, we were privileged to call one who didn’t show up during the exercise and it will amaze you to know what the woman told us; she said she was in Amambra doing her business and not a Kogi worker.
“Initially Kogi Judiciary workers were not meant to be part of the screening, but revelations started unfolding where you have some political office holders who are on the payroll of the government. One of the key objectives of this effort is simply to know the total number of civil servants being paid at finger tip.”