The three weeks extension announcement by Kogi State Government to tidy up the appeal committee’s reports has been greeted with questions of trust by civil servants in the state. However, the extension which must have been misconstrued to mean extension of payment has been clarified as having no effect on the ongoing payment of arrears.
The Chairman of the Salaries Reconciliation Committee, Mr John Alaji who said payment of salaries for cleared Civil Servants are on-going, made this known in an interview with Halimat on Thursday 28th March, 2017.
He said the Salaries Reconciliation Committee has completed the computation of the salary arrears of all cleared civil servants in the state.
According to him, Ministries, Directorates and Agencies, State and Local Government pensioners, Local Government Education Authorities and others have been worked on for payment adding that some civil servants were paid Thursday.
Mr Alaji expressed concern over the attitude of some civil servants who have continued to blackmail the government and pretending not to have been paid their arrears.
The Chairman noted that the committee meticulously attended to every complaint sent in by the various offices.
He also expressed dissatisfaction over the attitude of some MDAs who only forwarded the complaints of affected workers on Thursday adding that the unseriousness on the part of these MDAs contributed to the delay in the payment of salaries of some civil servants.
The Chairman appealed to civil servants whose names appeared on the cleared list and are yet to be paid to exercise patience as payment was on-going.
Mr John enjoined civil servants to appreciate governments efforts to pay off all salaries arrears owed them rather than dwell in criticism.
In a related development, the Director General, Media and Publicity to the Governor, Evangelist Kingsley Fanwo said the three weeks extension in the report presentation of the recently concluded screening exercise will not affect the ongoing arrears payment of cleared civil servants.
Fanwo said the three more weeks appealed for is to enable the committee put a comprehensive report together for proper implementation devoid of mistakes.
While appreciating the patience and endurance of the workers in the State, he said at the end of the screening excercise, genuine workers will begin to enjoy stable payments as at when due.