Civil servants in Kogi State has lauded the Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, for ensuring that the salaries were paid before Christmas, saying the gesture made it possible for them to enjoy the festivities.
A cross section of civil servants who spoke with our reporters in Lokoja, said they received salary alerts on the eve of Christmas.
A civil servant in the Ministry of Agric who introduced himself as Mr Meseko said that the Kogi State Government has made the Christmas celebration a “great one for him and his family”.
“While I was going to the bank, I read a story by one online media that we have not been paid and that we won’t be paid before Christmas. I laughed and told the people in the vehicle that salaries have been paid.
“I heard the Governor directed the Ministry of Finance to ensure workers to get their salaries before Christmas. We love his actions and concerns about our welfare and he will get the best from civil servants”.
Another staff in the Ministry of Works who doesn’t want her name mentioned told our reporters that she has received salary alert.
“Let the papers continue to write what they like. It won’t remove my salary from my bank account. Thank you Mr Governor for fulfilling your promise to Kogi workers”.
As at the time of filing this report, workers were seen besieging ATMs to withdraw their money for the Christmas celebrations.
When contacted, the Director General of Media and Publicity to the Governor, Kingsley Fanwo, said he can’t comment on the salary issues because it is a normal thing for government to pay salaries.
“I am aware that salaries have been paid but we can’t make it a celebratory issue when it is normal for government to pay salaries.
Governor Yahaya Bello is committed to the welfare of Kogi workers and will stop at nothing to ensure they get the best treatment.
“This government will remain focused. We won’t respond to paid renegades. We are determined to focus on doing the best for our people.
“On behalf of Governor Yahaya Bello, I wish all Kogi workers a merry Christmas”.