Gov Bello confirms receiving N30.8 billion from Buhari to pay salary arrears

Gov Yahaya Bello of Kogi State

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello has revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari gave him a subvention of about N30.8 billion to pay-up salary arrears of workers in the state.

He maintain that his government paid up workers salaries.

Bello said this after a meeting of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the APC and all those who contested the party’s governorship primary.

He also made it clear to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that he was not involved in the invasion of PDP’s primary election venue and advised them that they should look inward in the search for those who attacked the venue of their primary election rather than blaming him.

He said: “As regard the issue of news making the round that Kogi state is owing salaries, I want to categorically state that, my two predecessors inherited salary arrears.

“It is a problem I inherited when I assumed office. But I want to announce to you today that Kogi does not owe any worker salary at all.

‘’We have been able to clear all workers salary and we are up to date.

‘’As a matter of fact, the last primary election that was held on August 29, we paid the salaries of August. That is to tell you that we are up to date as far as salary is concerned.

“The issue of us owing up to 38 months’ salary arrears before we cleared it was all false and lies.

‘’We did owe up to that, what we were owing at that time was between four to five months.

“As I speak with you now, Mr. President graciously approved bailout of N30.8 billion for us and our National Chairman helped me to facilitate the release and the fund which has been fully applied and salaries are cleared including pension arrears. We do not owe any salary.”

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