Opinion: Where is The Report of Kogi State Workers’ Screening Exercise?

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Government of lies in Kogi State and the needless Workers Screening Exercise .


Alhaji Yahaya Bello  government is a government of lies that is run and supported by liars and we need to call spade spade  in order to save the state from the jungular  that is holding it. People in authority don’t  realise how bad things are in Mogi state , Kogi state is purely civil servants state with over 40% population engaged actively in farming activities therefore  whatever affects the civil servants will have a multiplier effects on the Economy of the state as most farmers depend on the working class to buy their farm produce .


“These are the issues that Alhaji Yahaya Bello  and his minions should be concerned about and not abusing opposition voices  Abusing those opposing Bello leadership styles will not change any of those facts or improve their image and abysmal performance, the Governor needs someone that will tell him the truth and that is exactly what we are doing. 


Governor Bello where is the result of the so much talked about screening Exercise?  


“On Wednesday, 14th Dec;2016, Governor Bello announced via a Radio Program titled “Kogi in focus” on Radio Kogi, FM 94.1 around 6:17am that the Committee saddled with the responsibility of screening Workers of Kogi State barely a year after has concluded her assignment.”


Ordinarily, that utterance coming from number citizen of the state should gladden the heart of the good people of Kogi State: but, in reality, the good people of Kogi State are in despair and total agony as Bello’s men sent for screening assignment have no result to show for their errand after one year. What then is the need of ten months screening exercise that that lead to the suffocation of workers even some teachers died in the process .


The hoax and scam called screening by Governor Yahaya Bello administration is an avoidable punishment, it is a punishment to the state and local government workers and avenue of milking workers of their hard earn entitlement by the state authority .


Screening and Re-Screening a needless exercise and avoidable punishment ,considering the facts that BVN was introduced for the same purpose and the federal government has recorded huge success with aide of Bank verification , so many lives were save unlike kogi state were so many died on the road in the game screening and at the end , no useful result .


No wonder, people gather in cluster form since Bello made that utterance to ask in solemn voice “where is the result of the screening excise after one year of agonising moment for over 80% workers of Kogi State who were obnoxiously declared as “ghost workers” perhaps, with the sole aim of retrenching them.


Recall, 20billion Naira was released to settle arrears of workers salaries since second quarter of 2016 but till now the said workers are still being denied of their money .


Again, if Bello is sincere, let him detail Kogites the result of the screening exercise, the good people of kogi state are very much abreast with reality on ground , the fortunes of the state government is diminishing , and the popularity of the Chief Executive is dwindling and instead of them to wake up and face reality on ground , the media wing of the state government is busy chasing the shadow, engaging in needless propaganda  


Available record has shown that Kogi’s workforce before the appointment of Governor Yahaya Bello was maximally around 23,000 that is both the real workers and the tagged “Ghost workers” by Governor Yahaya Bello inclusive.


Similarly, it is equally on record that the wage bill of Kogi state was put between the region of 2.1billion to 2.7billion Naira.


At this point, it is not out of place to ask: how much is the wage bill of Kogi after Bello’s screening? and how much was the wage bill before Yahaya Bello assumption in the office ,


Off course Bello cannot mention the amount because a lot of his Allies have been smuggled into the state workforce aside thousands of other illegal replacement by his screening committee.


Bello claimed the wage bill of Kogi state is over bloated by the past government but Bello has employed more than Ibro and Wada combined.


Besides, can Bello explain the modality he used in tagging those employed in Ministries of Work and Radio Kogi FM94.1 in 2014/2015 as “ghost workers?”


It is equally pertinent to stress that the Federal Allocation to Kogi state from January 2016 to December, 2016 is estimated to be around 30billion Naira that is, an average of 2.5billion Naira per month. 


Again, can Bello account for this allocation with no project to show for it on ground? 


What happened to ten billion Naira infrastructural fund ? What happened to the Ecological Fund left behind by the previous government ? Can Bello government justify the twelve months monthly allocation he collected ? Where is the 20 Billion Naira bailout fund ? The bailout is enough the settle backlogs of salaries and arreas and possibly cushion the effects of delay in salary payment by the previous administration .


As 2016 winds down,What is the most important messages to take away from governor Bello, what had he achieved , how prepared is he for the 2017, the year is coming to an end even common budget, an annual estimate us not ready how can we think of sustainable reform in 2017? 


Is Bello a mistake?


Governor Bello once announce in early July 2016 that  18,211 ghost workers uncovered in Kogi, N213bn gone that is the early day of screening six months later the screening is over and the entire ghost weed out, how much is the state saving from the uncovered ghost workers ?


Finally, Bello should know that he is Just appointed to manage Kogi and time shall come when he might be asked to give account of his stewardship.



– Usman Okai Austin 

From Abocho.

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