Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello has revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari came to his aide regarding the state’s clearing salary arrears of workers in the state.
Accordin to him, a bailout of about N30.8 billion was handed to him by the president – who is of the same political platform with him (APC)
He insisted that his government is up- to- date in the payment of salaries, contrary to the public belief.
It was at the a meeting of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the APC that the Governor made the revelation.
“As regard the issue of news making the round that Kogi state is owing salaries, I want to categorical state that, my two predecessors inherited salary arrears.
“It is a problem I inherited when I assumed office. But I want to announce to you today that Kogi does not owe any worker salary at all.
‘’We have been able to clear all workers salary and we are up to date.
‘’As a matter of fact, the last primary election that was held on August 29, we paid the salaries of August. That is to tell you that we are up to date as far as salary is concerned.“The issue of us owing up to 38 months’ salary arrears before we cleared it was all false and lies.
‘’We did owe up to that, what we were owing at that time was between four to five months.
“As I speak with you now, Mr. President graciously approved bailout of N30.8 billion for us and our National Chairman helped me to facilitate the release and the fund which has been fully applied and salaries are cleared including pension arrears. We do not owe any salary.” He said