Screening Report: Kogi Workers Speak on Their Ordeal

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Mrs Ebun Oloyede, one of Kogi State civil servants has said she was being invited for another round of screening exercise because her bank account was said to be “too fat”.

She told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that she made the first screened list and her name was also among the newly pasted names.

“I was told that my bank account was too fat, alleging that I might have embezzled the funds from government purse.

“I do not know why government will have to verify my personal account over screening. This is an intrusion into my privacy,” she said.

She is just one of many civil servants in Lokoja, Kogi State complaining about the several lists of screened workers being displayed by the state government.

They said this had brought untold hardship to workers as many workers were apprehensive of their fate in state service.

Mr Mammud Abdulmalik, another worker, said that the governor was trying to victimise some workers and that was the reason he was bent on several screenings.

He urged the governor to look into the plight of workers because many of them could not fend for their families nor pay their children’s school fees now that schools had resumed.

Mr Kelvin Apata, another civil servant, said that he had not collected his salary in the last 10 months as it had been one screening or another each day.

“How can a governor go and verify your account and say because you have plenty money, he would not pay you, does it make sense? “

Mrs Mary Ishola, another civil servant, said she was surprised when she got to the office to see another list pasted.

“This new list is another way to deprive workers of their salaries. The governor should have mercy on workers because they too have children and other dependents to carter for.

Mr Emmanuel Akinade, also a civil servant, urged Gov. Yahaya Bello to finalise the screening exercise on time so that workers would know their fate.


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