Kogi State Governor Idris Wada yesterday directed all the 21 Local Government Chairmen in the state to begin immediate full payment of salary to their workers without further delay.
THISDAY gathered that workers across the 21 LGAs have been on half salary or less as a result of shortfall in statutory allocation and over-bloated work force by the state local government service commission.
THISDAY was also informed that some of the council workers especially those in Kabba/Bunu council are being owed over nine months’ salary, while workers in some other councils have had to do with as low as 20 per cent salary payment.
Governor Wada gave the directive in Ogori-Magongo Local Government Area, during a thank-you visit to the people of the area, and unveiled some completed projects embarked upon by the council and the state government.
Responding to reports of widespread complaints of half salary by the workers, Wada said federal allocation to the state for the month of July was more than what was received in previous months and therefore ordered council chairmen to pay full salary for the month of July.
Addressing the people of Ogori-Magongo, the governor said government has provided potable water to 320 communities through the provision of motorised boreholes in order to address the problem of perennial water shortage in the area.