Kogi State government, today, commenced table payment of all its workers as part of efforts to clean the payroll of ghost workers after many months without salaries, workers in ministries, departments and agencies.
The Secretary to the State Government, Mrs Folashade Ayoade, who made this known in Lokoja, said that the exercise would involve payment of between three and four months salaries to workers over a period of two weeks.
She said that the table payment would hold in nine centres for workers in Lokoja, while it would hold in designated centres in all senatorial districts for out-station workers as only workers that were cleared during the last screening exercise will participate in the table payment.
While reacting to the incident, Kogi state NLC chairman Onu Edoka told newsmen that the exercise was a welcome development.
Edoka charged the committee that would handle the payment to be transparent, effective and accountable in handling the exercise urging the state government to abide by the agreement it reached with the organised labour that 70 per cent of the last tranche of Paris Club refund to the state would be used to offset workers’ salary.