From Joseph Amedu,Lokoja
The Kogi state government has declared its intention to clear salary arrears of all genuine workers in the state within the next three months.
The state government also hinted that workers and pensioners claiming to have been owed for upwards of 20 months salaries and pensions were those who are not on the cleared list and no longer in government payroll.
The state commissioner of Finance, Asiwaju Ahmed Idris who disclosed this during his ministerial press briefing in Lokoja on Tuesday, described as malicious the information that government is owing workers and pensioners for more than twenty months even when it is glaring that they were not cleared in the screening exercise conducted by government.
The commissioner explained that all the cleared civil servants whose names appeared on pay roll have received their salaries up till April while the pensioners have received their pensions up till February this year.
He lamented that those civil servants claiming that state government is owing as much as 20 months are not being fair to the government .
The Commissioner also admitted that the debt profile was N102 billion, noting that this comprises of the N33billion debt inherited from the previous administration, three months unpaid salaries from last administration, unpaid salaries, pension, unpaid leave allowances and so on.
Idris said that government had mapped out plans to ensure that all the outstanding salaries of workers and pensioners are paid in the next 90 days.