The Kogi House of Assembly is reported to have condemned the report of the State Staff Audit Committee, ordering the executive to provide it with a comprehensive report “within 24 hours”.
The resolution followed the adoption of a motion of urgent public importance, raised by Mr Friday Sani (PDP-Igalamel-Odolu).
Sani decried the declaration of a chunk of the civil workforce as “uncleared and therefore, ghosts”.
In the motion tagged: “Save the Souls of Kogi Workers”, the lawmaker said there was an immediate need to save civil servants at both the state and local government levels.
“I am constrained to move this motion considering the overwhelming evidences of non-payment of state and local government workers in the state, and the consequent suffering that is leading to high poverty, disease and death.”
He was also reported to have regretted that the screening exercise, which started since the inception of Gov Yahaya Bello’s administration, had lingered and came to an end with the sack of a great percentage of workers on flimsy excuses such as multiple age declarations, among others.
“The question one is forced to ask therefore, is whether Kogi’s state and local government workers are being owed salaries. If yes, we should be able to situate the idea behind the bailout fund and to what purpose it was put.
“The fact stares into our faces that the people have lost total confidence in the entire screening exercise considering the complexities and complications that were deliberately brought in to mess up the exercise.
Sani, in his prayers, urged the house to resolve the lingering issues and urged the state to keep the screening report in abeyance and pay all the workers using the last voucher used by former governor Idris Wada’s administration.
““This is very necessary to avoid the loss of more lives and despondency,” he argued.
Screening satanic, lawmaker
Idris Ndakwo (PDP-Lokoja II), who seconded the motion, described the screening exercise, and particularly the final report, as ”evil, satanic, fraudulent, condemnable, null and void”.
Ruling on the motion, the Speaker, Alhaji Umar Imam, described the idea behind the screening exercise as a lofty one, but regretted that its execution was shoddy and a sham.