Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state says he only owes the state workers four months salaries.
He said this following a claim by the state chapter of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) that he owed the state workers between 8 to 38 months salary arrears.
Kingsley Fanwo, spokesman of the governor, said the state government had paid salaries for 38 months since it came into power.
Fanwo said this during a press briefing after an All Progressives Congress (APC) stakeholders’ meeting in Takete Ide Amuro in Mopamuro local government area, on Monday.
“One of the questions our party members asked during the meeting was about the claim by labour that we are owing workers 38 months salaries,” he said.
“As far as government is concerned, we have paid 38 months salaries starting from September 2015. We have been in office for just 39 months. But we are still owing four months’ salaries because we started paying from the period we are yet to assume power.
“We are not in any power play with labour. We will continue to appreciate their understanding and we pledge to clear all arrears as soon as possible.
“We know how pivotal salaries are to microeconomics and we also know we owe other sectors of the public a good number of social amenities. Government will continue to manage the contending interests to serve a good number of the population.”