As Muslims globally end Ramadan month, the Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello, on Sunday, said he felt the pain of the people of the state, particularly, civil servants that had made sacrifices in the last few months.
He, however, said the sacrifices were those that would set the state’s payroll free from the stranglehold of ghost workers who have made it impossible for the state to move forward.
Apart from this, the governor in an Eid-El-Fitri message by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Kingsley Fanwo, also charged Muslims around the world to restore peace in a world that has been challenged by wars and economic instability.
The governor assured the people of the state that he would govern with the fear of Allah ,who has bestowed on him the leadership of the state
“My election to the position of governorship at a time like this, is a call to service by Allah to serve the people of Kogi State with the fear of God and dedication to the ideals that will help build an egalitarian society. To this, I am resolutely committed,” he said.
“I thank the civil servants in the state for their steadfastness and sacrifice throughout the period of staff verification exercise, which crept into the Ramadan fasting. I feel your pain. I urge you to consider it the sacrifice that will set our payrolls free from the stranglehold of ghost workers, who have made it impossible for our state to move forward.
“Having received the reports of the staff verification committee, we shall swing into action to ensure that your sacrifices are not wasted. My government will continue to accord labour its due recognition as partners in progress in our effort to broaden our socio-economic frontiers through the new direction blueprint “.
He said Ramadan represents the sacrifice of Muslim faithful to submit to Allah’s will and pray for peace around the world, adding that the economic turmoil and wars ravaging parts of the world were challenges on the global Muslim community to prove to the world that Islam is a religion of peace by leading global efforts at enshrining peace and stability.