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You are political civil servants – Bello to striking workers

*We are owing only August, September salaries

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has labelled the workers who are on strike in his state as “political civil servants.”

He made this assertion while speaking with State House Correspondents after his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday.

Speaking about the strike action in his state, he said “those workers that are on strike are political civil servants, (the) real civil servants are coming to work. We are trying our best to keep up with the payment of salaries. There is no denying the fact that the economy is biting hard everywhere and you will recall that I met four months salary backlog, I cleared it and today we are keeping up to date.

We are owing August and September as we speak. We are up to date in terms of salaries and those that come to work we shall pay them and those that don’t come to work, the no work, no pay shall surely apply.”

Bello also spoke about his meeting with Buhari “I came to brief Mr. President of development in Kogi State. I need to give him updates on happenings in the state and he is pleased with the briefing that I gave to him. And he encouraged me to keep up the good job that I am doing in Kogi state.

Bello also reviewed the security situation in Kogi thus: “On the scale of 1 to 10 we are 70%, we are doing very well even though the  challenges are still there. Security is not what you tackle once and for all, you have to continue to do your best. The criminals, kidnappers, armed robbers, hoodlums will always device various tactics. They may change styles, we have to change along with them and be ahead of them at any point in time in order to keep Kogi state secure and Kogi is currently secure.

Bello also blamed diaspora politicians for the noise about Kogi. He said “politically, Kogi state is very stable. Few diaspora politicians that are making noise in the media and I think you can’t stop them from making noise when they want to but the reality on ground is that Kogi State is very very stable.”

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