Civil Servants in Kogi State were in cloud nine as Governor Yahaya Bello cleared all outstanding salary arrears in the state, Concise News reports.
A cross section of workers who spoke with journalists in Lokoja, expressed joy over the timely “salary rainfall” in the state, saying workers received all the five months salaries owed by the Kogi State Government .
A civil servant in the Bureau of Information Service, Monisola Ayelabowo, said the governor has written his name in gold by keeping to his promise.
According to her, the problem of salary arrears started during the Governor Idris Wada Administration.
She said, “We have been battling with this problem since the last administration. We were owed a few months salaries which the present administration inherited. We are happy that the State Government has been able to utilize the bailout judiciously to clear all the arrears.
“It is now that I know that the Governor is preparing for a second term in Office. We have seen all he has done in the areas of security, roads and agriculture. But without our salaries, it would have been difficult for us to support him. But with what he has done now, he has recovered the confidence and trust of the civil servants in his government”.
Another civil servant who introduced himself as Sanni said he works with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.
According to him, the arrears had made life miserable for the civil servants, saying the payment has rekindled hope in the Governor Bello’s administration.
“It was not easy for us but now we can smile again. Now we know we have a Governor that can keep to his promise. I will support him as long as our salaries are paid regularly”, he said.
The Kogi state government paid a total of five months salary arrears to its civil servants.