As promised yesterday, the Staff Verification Committee briefed the press today at the Banquet Hall, Government House, Lokoja. In attendance were the State Auditor General, who doubles as the Chairman of the Committee; Auditor General for Local Government Councils and the Commissioner For Finance, Asiwaju Idris Asiru.
The following clarifications were made:
1. The screening exercise has come to an end and the final reports will be ready in a couple of days.
2. Cleared Local Government staff have been paid up to September while state workers have been paid up to August, with the September and October schedule already sent to the bank for payment.
3. Newly cleared workers and pensioners to be paid their arrears as soon as the final reports are out in a couple of days.
4. Those who scaled through the appeals to be paid all their arrears.
5. Government to pay all salaries for the year 2016 on or before December 20.
6. It was reiterated that no genuine worker would be sacked by government.
7. Those found to have defrauded government through double salaries and other related offences to be prosecuted.
8. Some workers who came to the screening have benefitted from the magnanimity of government as the State Government is footing medical bills to cushion the effect of the pause in salary payments in the course of the exercise.
9. The State Government is concerned by the hardship some genuine workers who are yet to be paid have passed through. Their entitlements will be paid as soon as the final reports are published.
10. The Governor shares their pains and hardship which is caused by the ghost worker cabal in the State.
11. They urged the workers to be steadfast as the State Government will regularize salary payments henceforth.
12. The reports will ensure a credible payroll for the workers.
Thanks and God bless Kogi State. #WeShareYourPains
Evangelist Kingsley Olorunfem Fanwo.