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Monday, 1 May 2017

Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi State celebrates workers in his state

His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello, the Executive Governor of Kogi State joins Labour and the entirety of the working class in Kogi State to celebrate Workers Day 2017.

In a statement through his Chief Press Secretary, Petra Akinti Onyegbule, the governor highlighted the contribution of workers to economic development, identifying them as vital partners in progress with government.

The Governor pointed out that this significance of Labour is what informed the reforms embarked upon by his administration aimed at sanitising the State's Civil Service and ensuring that deserving workers get their due regularly and timely.

"The welfare of all Kogites and Labour in particular has been a priority of my administration, and I am well aware of the sacrifice of civil servants in the state. We are slowly but surely nearing the end of our civil service reforms, the benefits of which all well-meaning Kogites who have been following the proceedings can attest to.

"The essence is to ensure that the state's limited resources are prudently administered to meet genuine needs, unlike what obtained in the past where bonafide, hardworking civil servants went months without pay because the payroll was clogged up with phoney names reaping from where they did not sow."

As always, Governor Bello thanked workers for their patience and understanding, assuring them that their support for him will not be in vain.

In a goodwill gesture, the Governor pardoned 2,128 state civil servants and others at LG level who fell foul of 11 of the lesser categories of infractions the screening committee investigated. He directed the appropriate authorities to reclassify these workers as cleared, immediately calculate their wages accrued while they were uncleared, and ensure they are paid before the end of May.

He promised to continually engage with Labour in the state, noting that their genuine struggles for improved welfare for workers along their rank and file are in tandem with his administration's commitment to deliver on his promises to Kogites when he came onboard.

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