Kogi State Governor Idris Wada has given his administration a pass mark. He said it did its best, using the limited resources available in the last four years.
Addressing reporters and other stakeholders on his stewardship at the Government House yesterday in Lokoja, the governor said from the outset, his administration was guided by a blueprint put in place by a think tank.
He announced plans to name an edifice after one of his predecessors and the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the November 21 election, the late Prince Abubakar Audu.
Wada said he would disclose the edifice before handing over on Wednesday.
He listed some of his achievements to include elimination of thuggery, free medical care, improvement in the provision of potable water and rural electrification.
The governor attributed the non-payment of four months’ salary to “the downturn in the economy”, asserting that Kogi workers were the best paid in the Northcentral.
“Not many of you knew that we took bank overdraft and other measures to meet up with our obligation to the workers.”
He said about 85 per cent of the monthly allocation to the state was used for salary, including between N2.5 billion and N2.6 billion to workers and about N600 million for payment of pensions and gratuities.
Wada ascribed the inability of his administration to pay salary since last October to the non-release by the Federal Government of its share of the bailout bond.
He said from about N3.2 billion monthly allocation, a significant portion goes to salary payment.
The governor described the contract award at the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) as obligatory, “having secured our counterpart of N2.1 billion, added to the Federal Government’s N2.1 billion, which enabled us to embark on some projects.”
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