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Okai tells Bello to be honest with Kogi funds, despite pressure of presidential ambition, says N3000 salary is barbaric



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Comrade Usman Okai Austin has described as barbaric the salary payment of N3,000 to a Local Government Civil servant in Kogi State which was paid on the order of 17% salary payment by the State governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello.

The order left all workers in LG workers across the State being paid ridiculous amount of money each as salaries.

In a statement he sent to CAPITAL POST on Friday, Okai said the evidence of ridiculous salary for Kogi workers were all on social media and has elicited reactions from Nigerians who are imagining how could the State governor nursing Presidential ambition ordered that 17% salary be paid to local government workers within the State.

He advised the State governor to be honest with the State funds despite being under pressure of his presidential ambition.

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In the statement, the activist said: “Well, the development sounds impossible to many, but screenshots from those affected were released into the public glare, and that confirmed the unacceptable decision from the Governor who’s nursing a Presidential ambition.

Okai who has been critical at Bello led administration in the statement said, “the Governor must be honest in handling resources belonging to Kogi state, stressing that nothing justifies. Paying officers on level nine (9) N6000 and N3000 as monthly salary without being on loan.”

According to him, Kogi people and Nigerians at large were taking note of the ugly situation in the State, adding that Kogi civil servants haven’t gotten the best of times ever since.

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“Citizens in Kogi State have every right to the financial position of the state”, positing that Yahaya Bello is technically giving them the impression that he’s siphoning the money for his presidential ambition.

“Though, it’s unfortunate the people of Kogi are not lucky with the lack of transparency of the state resources, not even from a governor who claims religious uprightness, but he should at least have human sympathy in his dealings, because he will be held accountable one day’, Okai I insisted.

“In Kogi state, the civil servants are stagnated for years without promotions, the Governor started with zero salary, but after so much public outcry, he commenced the payment of half salary and today he is paying what cannot be quantified.

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“Ordinarily, a govenor in this category should be pressurized to explain to the general public the rationale behind such abnormalities which is crippling the state and her economy, but nobody can dare that as NLC and other Union bodies in the state are living in fear.”

While challenging the Govenor to justify reasons for what he termed “direct stealing” Okai called on other critical stakeholders in the state not to keep mute, and watch how things unfold negatively at this trying time of the state’s history.

He said, that stakeholders shouldn’t wait for the election period before making case for the citizens they offered themselves to serve.


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