The Kogi State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has advised the governor of the state, Yahaya Bello, “to stop politics of deceit by accepting that his so-called civil service reform is a colossal failure which has brought workers in the state untold hardship.”
PDP in a reaction to the governor’s Sallah message, where he claimed to have cleared the backlog of salaries, stated through its spokesperson, Bode Ogunmola, that the governor is still economical with the truth.
The opposition party noted that the arrears for September-December 2018 were still outstanding to all categories of workers.
The party further stated that many cleared workers were still being owed arrears ranging from 3-30 months.
The PDP advised the governor to stop his politics of self-delusion and be honest enough to confess the truth.
“One would expect that rather than continue to deny owing workers even after receiving so much from the Federal Government, Governor Bello will be remorseful enough to accept and apologise to workers that he has brought so much hardship on them.”
“His continuous denial only confirms that it was a deliberate design to pauperise Kogi workers and should he return, Kogi workers should be ready for a more difficult time.”
PDP question the state governor for not utilising the monthly allocation for payment of salaries to both state and LG workers, alleging that the last allocation that accrued to the state had also grown wings and disappeared into private pockets because of the final tranche of bailout.
“As a party, we take exception to this gross insensitivity and deliberate attempt to reduce civil servants to a life of penury.”
“At the appropriate time, the PDP will raise a question but we are more worried that the State Assembly has remained silent in the face of this crass misgovernance instead it is chasing the deputy governor who has raised vital issues that demand that the governor be invited”.
The opposition party called on the governor to be alive to his responsibilities to the state and its people.