Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has stated that he is not owing any government worker in his State salary.
Mr. Bello who is vying for president in the 2023 general elections, made this known in Abuja on Monday.
He said he is committed to serving his people well, and urged the people to judge him based on what he has done instead of what they hear his critics say.
He added that if it was true that he is owing civil servants, labour unions in the stage would have protested.
“First, let me implore the media to please come up with one state civil servant who would come on air and present his pay slip and bank statement and claim that Kogi State is owing him.
“Number two, these various workers have their unions and organisations. The Union leaderships and not making noise, who are those that are complaining.
“When you continue to mention this issue of salary, I want you to take statistics, empirical facts of various states up till date, how many states have performed above Kogi State in terms of salary payment,” he said.
“And, I want to assure you that if we are not paying salaries, workers themselves, their unions, would have cried out
”There are so many lies they are banding out there that you do not know how they emanate.
“Let me tell you, I am not a governor for salary, any other person can pay salaries, just like the clerical workers and all of my officials are paying.
“I am here to manage the resources, both human and otherwise for the benefit of all the citizens of Kogi and the country.
“And, that is what we are doing, ranging from security, integration, and cooperation amongst our people,” Bello said.