Kogi Guber race: I will clear backlog of salaries, pensions, gratuities if ― Usman Jibrin

Sympathizes with civil servants

A governorship aspirant in the forthcoming election in Kogi state under the platform of the All Progressives Party, APC, Vice Admiral Jibrin Oyibe Usman rtd. has assured to clear the backlog of salaries owed to Kogi workers and pensioners if elected the governor of the state the poll.

Speaking with newsmen in Abuja Jibrin who sympathized with civil servants as well as the retirees in the state over their deplorable conditions of living due to unpaid salaries and pensions said, “I feel sad as Local Government Workers staged protest a few days back, I sympathize with Kogi workers and pensioners over the terrible condition occasioned by bad governance in the state

“We can not allow this to continue , something drastic has to be done to correct the madness, on this note I have received divine direction to seek people’s mandate in the November governorship race, if given the ticket of our great Party, the APC, I will salvage the unfortunate situation we found ourselves in the state

“The tears and prayers of Kogi Workers and pensioners have reached the heavens, enormous pressure was mounted on me to heed the peoples call to deliver the state from decay, which forced me to take the matter to God for directions.

“After the much pressure from people to contest the Governorship seat, I decided to seek divine directive, God told me to hearken to the voice of the people.

“On this note, I assure all Kogites that I will pay all outstanding salaries and pension being owed by current and previous administrations when elected by November this year, enough is enough.

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“Salary-owing governor, the current Governor Yaya Bello is mostly in the news for owing workers and pensioners for over two years. It is either one union in the state is protesting non-payment of salaries or another association is downing tools to protest the lack of incentives and terrible working conditions.

“Just a few days ago, workers in some of the Local Government Areas in the state protested the non-payment of salaries despite directives from Nigeria Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) which ordered for 100 per cent payment of salaries.”

The former Naval Chief promised to put an end to all the suffering and plight of Kogi workers if he gets just a term as governor.

According to him “I’m more committed to offer service to the people. The endorsement, supports and prayers from Kogites has encouraged me because the voice of the people is the voice of God.”

He, however, pleaded with the party leadership to allow for a free and fair primaries in the election of the party’s candidate in the November governorship race so that the party would present its best at the poll as the people of the state deserve only the best this time around.