The Governor of Kogi State, Alhaj Yahaya Bello has promised to pay the N30,000 minimum wage to civil servants in the state if reelected into office come November 16th.
Bello made the promise to labour unions in a meeting held at the Government House, Lokoja.
In his words, if other states with lesser income can pay, Kogi state will.
He said: “My administration met a lot of anomaly in the civil service, most of which dated way back to the beginning of civil rule in the state.
“We inherited percent payment just like the administrations before us inherited same. The difference between my administration and those before me is the will to do the right thing. Although the process was painstaking, we’ve been able to weather the storm and things are already shaping up.
“State civil servants are getting their salaries in full, and we have improved on the percentage for local government from 30 to 50 percent, with plans to scale that up in our next tenure. I am determined not to bequeath percentage payment to anyone who will take over from me after eight years.
“Despite meager resources and the need to even the distribution to all sectors of the state, we are able to achieve all these improvements because of the priority we placed on our civil service and our desire to see things work”.
In his address, the State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Onuh Edoka appealed to the governor to make teachers’ salary a priority, while also commending him for the judicious use of the bailout fund.
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