Governor Yahaya Bello: Kogi State Workers Cries That They Now Look To God For Survival


In Kogi, some primary school teachers and local government employees have expressed their displeasure with what they call ” neglect and lack of empathy for workers. ”

Despite the fact that the state government has been paying state employees on time, primary school teachers and local government employees continue to be paid on a percentage basis. They claimed that, given the current economic situation, the policy was making life unpleasant for them.

In separate interviews with Vanguard, some local government workers and primary school teachers, who all spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that since the state government tinkered with their salary structure and payment system, introducing one deduction after another, many have had to adjust to the new reality following the emergence of Governor Yahaya Bello’ s New Direction- led government.


Vanguard Discovered That A Worker Was Paid N16, 000 Instead Of N45, 000

One of the workers, who complained vehemently over the phone, claimed she was paid N16, 000 instead of the N45, 000 she was entitled to as a Level 7 LG employee.

” As I chat with you, my son, who is a student at KSU (Kogi varsity), called to ask me to send money to help him fill up his gas tank, but I couldn’ t help but cry over the phone because of the state’ s dire position. ”


” My last wage was N16, 000, ” she says. As a Level 7 worker, I am meant to be paid N45, 000, but the percentage compensation has put me at a disadvantage, ” one of the impacted employees told Vanguard.

Below is a screenshot of the payment alert details that were received.


Other Teachers Cries Out During An Anonymous Interview With Vanguard Newspaper

A teacher, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said she sought to create a business to supplement her shrinking and unpredictable income package, but she was unable to do so due to a lack of funds.

” I intended to get a bank loan to put my paycheck into, but the bank doesn’ t lend to teachers in the state. It’ s that insane. ” ” I have no choice but to look to God to get through this difficult time, ” she explained.

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A retiree, who requested anonymity for security concerns, claimed that his wife receives 40% of his monthly salary and that she has not been paid since August. The September salary for local government employees and elementary school teachers has yet to arrive.

” Even the one they (the government) pay is a percentage rather than a complete wage (100 percent payment). Like my wife, she is on a 40% salary and hasn’ t been paid since September. Local government employees are the ones who are most affected by this percentage compensation, ” he stated.


University Lecturers And State Workers Are Not Affected In Kogi State

According to Vanguard’ s inquiry, university teachers in the state are unaffected by the percentage salary, notwithstanding occasional lags in the payment of allowances and all other arrears owed to them by the State Government.

” Our income is not based on a percentage, but the issue is that we are denied other benefits, such as arrears that we are entitled to as lecturers, and there is no promotion when it is due. ”


” Though the country’ s economic misfortune affects everyone, we must accept it with good fortune, ” a senior lecturer stated.

ASUSS And NUT Reacts To The Problem

The Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools (ASUSS) in Kogi decried the shortage of teachers in the state as a result of the fallout from the Governor Yahaya Bello- led administration’ s multiple screening exercises, which resulted in widespread compulsory retirement of teachers from classrooms.


Mr. Ranti Ojo, the State ASUSS Chairman, said the union is hurt and disillusioned by the precarious situation, speaking on the sidelines of the 2021 International Teachers Day in Lokoja.

” Recruitment of more teachers is important and urgent if Kogi is to reclaim her pride of place in Northern Nigeria educationally, ” he remarked.


Also, Comrade Thomas Ayodele, the State Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Teachers, NUT, lamented the state of its members, stating that all is not well with teachers in the state.

” Permit me to further call the state government’ s attention to the fact that primary school teachers, like their counterparts in the state civil service, are entitled to a salary payment of 100 percent.


” It is our hope that His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, the Executive Governor of Kogi State, will keep his word and end this odious practice that has reduced elementary school teachers to second- class citizens in the state, ” Comrade Ayodele stated.

Reaction Of The Kogi State Government

Meanwhile, in an interview with Arise TV, Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello stated that his government is ” up to date with the payment of workers” in the state.


” Kogi is a state with well educated and informed civil officials. You can’ t afford to pay the government servants a dollar, and you assume you’ ll be safe with Kogi.

” As of today, we’ re up to date in terms of pay, having gone through that thorough screening exercise to ascertain the genuine recipients of Kogi resources, ” he said.

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