The PDP National Youth Frontiers (PDPNYF) has passed a vote of no confidence on the activities of the Kogi State Workers’ Verification and Screening Committee for her continuous failure in an endless exercise.
The coordinator of PDPNYF, Comrade Austin Usman Okai, who made the position of the group known to Kogireports today, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to institute a high powered panel to investigate the “criminal utilization of bailout funds given to Kogi state government under Alhaji Yahaya Bello“.
Okai said the bailout fund was mismanaged and the result is the lingering salary crises among civil servants and pensioners in the state.
According to him, Governor Bello has only been paying lip service to the welfare of Kogi state workers and pensioners. He challenged the governor to disband the screening committee and come out clean on how the N20 billion bailout fund was spent.
“Today, the situation in Kogi state is that of confusion and segregation in the payment of pensions and salaries. While a set of workers with heterogeneous affiliations are being owed five months salaries, some other groups are being owed eight month. I can tell you categorically that some workers are being owed ten months salaries! These categories are different from those technically classified as ghost workers.
“The confusion is worsened by another notorious classification of civil servants in Kogi state. We have the ‘cleared list’ and the ‘uncleared’ list. Since January, Governor Bello has been following the most irritable approach to workers’ welfare
” From the onset, the governor has been acting like someone with a sinister motive, first, he forcefully opened new unsolicited bank accounts for civil servants in Zenith and Access Banks. Despite their claims, salary payments is still abnormally done in Kogi state.
The group said the state government deliberated created the current situation by its refusal to heed the advise of stakeholders to constitute a committee to handle the disbursement of the bailout.
The youth leader stated that the body welcomed the idea of eradicating ghost workers in the state civil service, but the the state workforce had been polarised through the exercise because the approach adopted by the present administration has political coloration.
Okai, who described the civil service as the engine room of any administration, said the group will resist any attempt to continue to victimise bonafide civil servants and pensioners in the state.