The Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has said that the ongoing screening exercise will yield positive dividends for the state and the citizens when the loopholes created by greedy individuals have been plugged.
Bello disclosed this during the naming ceremony of his new born baby at his family house in Abuja, stressing that after the screening exercise, Kogi will heave a sigh of relief.
“The State has been bleeding under very heavy wage bill occasioned by manipulations on the part of the civil servants which has made government to perpetually rely on borrowing to meet up with its obligations.’’
According to him, “The issue of screening that is ongoing is very important, when we came on board the wage bill was N3bn and a staff strength of over 39000. When you move round the state where are the offices, where are the schools, where are the hospitals? We are aware that since 2011 there has not been any advertisement for recruitment of staff so how can we be having this heavy wage bill monthly?”
He said what accrues to the state from the federation account monthly had dwindled to between N2bn to N2.2bn adding that the internally generated revenue, hovered around N400m and N500m monthly. He explained further that when all that is put together it would not even be enough for salaries.
Bello however expressed satisfaction with what has been uncovered so far from the screening.
“For example, in Kogi State College of Education with barely 300 students and yet non teaching staff strength is over 500. On the eve of screening the registrar issued out over 200 appointment letters.’’