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  • Updated: June 16, 2024

Governor Ododo pays Kogi workers June salaries

Governor Ododo pays Kogi workers June salaries

Kogi was filled with excitement over the weekend when Governor Usman Ododo pleasantly surprised state workers by disbursing their June salaries well ahead of schedule.

The early payment caught many workers off guard, marking the first time such a gesture had been extended to them.

A senior government official noted that the act was intended to ensure that people could celebrate the Eid-el-Kabir festival with happiness and comfort.

In addition to the early salaries, reports indicated that the governor also distributed food items and other relief materials to civil servants and residents across the North-Central state.

Several civil servants, in interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria, expressed gratitude to the governor for his thoughtful gesture, which they believed would enhance their enjoyment of the Muslim festival.

“The governor’s early payment of June salaries, alongside the distribution of food palliatives to workers, is a huge blessing to us,” said a civil servant, Hajiya Fatima Baba.

Another civil servant, Bala Adejoh, who was full of praise for the governor, said that the payment of the June salary was a “huge relief.”

Adejoh said, “It’s a great relief getting June salary to celebrate this Sallah. My prayer for the governor is for him to enjoy God’s grace, guidance and blessings as he rules Kogi in this trying time.’’

Ododo had, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Public Relations, Onogwu Muhammed, said that the peoples’ vote for ‘consolidation and continuity’ in Kogi, was not a mistake.

According to him, before 2016, Kogi State was burdened with a bogus and ineffective civil service system with salaries always irregular.

“Unfortunately, efforts to sanitise the system and ensure timely wage payments for genuine workers were hindered by a lack of political will and various obstacles. It was the bold initiative of ex-Governor Yahaya Bello’s administration that tackled this cumbersome system.

"The civil service reform initiated by Bello’s administration was arduous and demanding for both the civil servants and the government. Since 2017, the government policy has ensured that workers’ salaries are paid between the 25th and 27th of every month, a policy that the current administration is sustaining.

"The civil service reform was one of the five key thematic areas of the ‘New Direction Administration’ of the previous government, focusing on education, health, agriculture and infrastructure.

"Part of the fulfilment of the promise of sustainable welfare is paying the June salaries and pensions of workers and retirees in Kogi ahead of the Sallah celebration,” the statement said.

The statement quoted the governor as saying that prompt payment of salaries and the distribution of the second quarterly food palliative to vulnerable populations were part of efforts to ensure people enjoyed the festivities with their families.

He was also quoted as reassuring the people that his administration would continue to prioritise the welfare of workers, pensioners and all residents.

The statement said that the reforms in the public and civil service sectors made Kogi one of the most attractive public employers in Nigeria.

(NAN)

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