Ahead of November 11 governorship election, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Dino Melaye said, he will pay full salaries to civil servants and pensioners, if elected as governor of the State.
To enable him pay entitlement of workers as at when due, the former Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, said, he will embark on the restructuring of the civil service sector to make functional and productive. com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js"> js"> googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js">
Specifically, he said, workers would be paid on 25th of every month their full salaries as against percentage payments.
Part of his plans for Kogi State, he said, will be the creation of Independent Kogi Economic Development Commission, creation of new districts and increment of the state’s internally generated revenue where the poor would not be burdened, as well as improvement of infrastructure.
Melaye stated this on Friday when the party’s Policy Drafting Committee for Kogi Govdernorship Election was presented to him in Abuja.
He said: , “The civil service in Kogi State will be reformed, and we will pay salaries on the 25th of every month. We will also pay full salary.
“Today in Kogi, there is no middle class. It is only the rich and the poor. Those in government are getting richer, and the poor are getting poorer.”
He decried the rot in the Local Government Council in the last ten years, noting that he would grant full autonomy, whie he knocked governor Yahaya Bello administration for diverting funds meant for palliative to the poor.
“Ten years ago, local government areas in Kogi State were doing projects, rural roads. Today, no local government in Kogi can dig a well.
“Local government have no vehicles, salaries are not paid, some local government secretariats are under lock and key. But we are saying that a new day is coming,” he asserted.
Speaking further, he noted that under his watch, if given the nods, monthly federal allocations for the state would be used for payment of civil salaries, pension, gratuities, promotion, training and retraining, while internally generated revenues would be used for developmental projects.
“I brought people from outside Nigeria who did a scientific research and gave me the mineral resources in Kogi. We have 52 mineral resources, but only one has been tapped – limestone.
“The rest are just there; we have Uranium. We have the largest deposit of Uranium in Nigeria.
“We are going to raise the revenue without taxing the poor,” he added.
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