Verification exercise in Kogi State
Sir: When the present government under Governor Yahaya Bello assumed the leadership in Kogi State, he promised to overhaul the state’s entire civil service hence a verification exercise to determine the workforce of the state.
The past government’s move on such exercise to flush out the ghost workers proved futile due to lack of political will to implement all the recommendations.
The number of ghost schools so far discovered in many local governments across the state shows how some people contributed to the underdevelopment of the educational system of Kogi State.
Bello’s government has promised to ensure transparency and be accountable to the people of Kogi. So he should not leave any stone unturned to bring to book the people responsible for the financial sleaze that took place during the previous administrations.
All the federation allocations made to Kogi State has not reflected in the physical development and the general wellbeing of the people of the state, as a result of some highly placed civil servants who are in the habit of creating ghost workers to add to the pay roll and milk the state dry. Bello should therefore ensure that he implements the recommendations of this verification to the letter. The interest of the state is paramount.
This verification can be a litmus test for the present government to block financial leakages that impede the development of Kogi.