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Another Term For Bello Will Shorten Our Lifespan – Kogi Civil Servants

Valentine Chinyem

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A group of civil servants, known as the Concerned Kogi Workers Forum, have expressed their fears should the the All Progressives Congress (APC) give the second term ticket to the state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, ahead of the November governorship election.

According them, attempt to do this, would further shorten their lifespan.

Speaking through its spokesman, Hassan Abdul, the group appealed to the ruling party not to elongate the suffering of the people by conceding the ticket to the governor.

He said, “as workers who bear the brunt of Gov. Bello’s misrule, another opportunity given to him by the APC would mean reducing our lifespan”

He noted that workers in the state, are already in support of the governorship bid of a former chief of naval staff, Vice Admiral Jibrin Usman.

The workers disclosed that the forum is made up of workers who were arbitrarily sacked, some who have also been cleared by the screening committees set up by Bello, yet have not been paid for about 30 months, adding that another opportunity for the APC to present him for another term would mean the party does not mind their wellness and survival.

The group added that never have Kogi state civil servants experience so much hardship as they are currently experiencing as many of them have died untimely, with many unable to meet family obligations.

More so, they described Gov. Bello as insensitive to the plight of civil servants especially in the area of payment of salaries and workers welfare, adding that fielding him against the collective wish of the concerned workers would mean the ruling APC and the presidency does not care about their welfare.

The workers, however, said their support for naval chief was because of his achievements in the provision of infrastructure and his attention to workers welfare, saying if elected he would make salaries and welfare of workers priority.

They explained that Usman attracted the Naval Command Secondary School Okura, the Naval Base in Idah and Lokoja, to the state, adding that the move had shown his interest in the state.

The workers described Usman as matured, experienced and have the qualities needed to bail the state from its current mess, enjoining the APC to field him as their candidate.

They described the present administration in the state as not friendly to workers, lamenting that after several months of their been cleared by the screening committee, still suffer unpaid salaries with no explanation from the government.

It would be recalled that the State Governor, Yahaya Bello, had last week promised that his second term in office would be better than the first term.