Kogi State Government has come out to clear the air why some workers in the state received half salaries while others were fully paid.
The Director General, Media and publicity to the State Governor Kingsley Fanwho in his twitter handles explained that the Government over the months have been able to pay full salaries through heavy borrowing and funds from the internally generated revenue (IGR).
He noted that when the government saw the situation on ground, labour was invited for dialogue as continued borrowing to pay salaries will not only be unsustainable, but also a let down to the other sectors of the economy begging for attention.
While emphasizing that it was the responsibility of the government to pay workers their full salaries, Fanwho said their was need for labour to have a blue line of industrial understanding.
Another reason the government aide raised for the non payment of salaries by the present administration was the dwindling revenue from the FAC.
“Kogi State Govt wishes to set the record straight on the disagreement with Labour over payment of salaries before Sallah. We owe members of the public explanations as a responsible government. The State Government was able to pay 100% to all pensioners with arrears because of their social situation. We have also paid 100% to Judiciary workers & all workers in our tertiary institutions. Clearing all subventions too.
“All other categories, starting from political office holders were paid 50% of their salaries due to the shortfall in allocation and non-payment of the Budget Support Fund from the Federation Account. The non-payment was occasioned by dwindling revenue to the FAC.
“It would have been insensitive on our part to default paying our highly respected and understanding civil servants on the excuse of having enough funds.
“We thank them for their understanding and pledge to clear the arrears as soon as funds are available. We need the cooperation of all to achieve economic prosperity for our state and our people. Things would have been worse if we did not act with patriotic firmness to remove unintended beneficiaries from our payrolls as well as ghost names,” Fanwho stated.