Kogi state government has said no worker in its service presently died over nonpayment of salary, saying that the reported Nine workers claimed to have lost their lives due to the none payment of salaries in the state as reported by NAN recently is not true.
In a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the governor on Media and Publicity, Mr. Jacob Edi said the story was totally false, borne out of ignorance and a mischief on the part of the reporter and the said workers.
The governor’s media adviser said the company was liquidated in 2011 and at that time, Captain Idris Wada was not the governor of the state. Shedding more light, he explained that the Edit that established the state transport company states clearly that workers of the company were not civil servants but staff of the organisation employed by the management of the company.
He said in his statement that the law also stated that the state government is to provide the take-off capital to the company; adding that after the liquidation of the company, workers who were redeployed from various ministries, departments and agencies, MDA were returned to their original offices to continue their civil service careers.
He stressed that the state governor, Captain Idris Wada had never contemplated the option of retrenching workers in the state civil service despite the financial challenges facing the state because of his humane and godly posture.
Eddi therefore appealed to journalists in the state to always verify their information before going to the public in order not to create disaffection among the peace loving people of the state and the government.