Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has assured that civil servants granted clemency after the verification exercise will be paid their backlog of salaries before December.
Governor Bello gave the assurance during the fortieth day Fidau prayers for the father of a former Chairman of Okene local government council, Alhaji Yahaya Karaku.
Represented by his Special Adviser on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Engr. Abubakar Ohere, Bello assured civil servants of government’s commitment to their welfare.
He appealed to the people of the state to embrace peace and unity for the rapid development of the state. He said the appeal became necessary as no development can take place in an atmosphere of rancour and acrimony.
He noted that the present administration has committed a lot of resources in ensuring the safety of lives and properties in the state, saying no stone will be left unturned to ensure that the people of the state go about their legitimate businesses and activities without fear.
The Governor assured the people of the area that Okene water works will be rehabilitated within four weeks to ensure that every home has access to portable water supply.
He described the late Alhaji Jimoh Abubakar Karaku as a man who was committed to peace, unity and development of Ebiraland and Kogi state. He urged his children to embrace his legacies.
In a remark, the Ohinoyi of Ebiraland, Alhaji Ado Ibrahim thanked Governor Bello for his effort at restoring peace in the area and the state in general. He appealed to stakeholders to support the Governor to complete his eight years in office.
Prominent people including former Governor Ibrahim Idris, former Deputy Governor Yomi Awoniyi, President of Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Prof. Mike Ogirima, members of Kogi state executive council and a host of others attended the Fidau prayers.