– The controversy surrounding the issues of salaries in Kogi state has taken a new twist
– Children of a late deputy director in the state has accused a cabal in the state of receiving monthly salaries of their deceased father
– They specifically accused officials of the Kogi state Civil Service Commission and the State Specialist Hospital of complicity
Children of the late Olorunmeye Bamidele Gabriel a deputy director of medical laboratory scientist at the State Specialist Hospital, Lokoja has accused a cabal in the Kogi state Civil Service Commission and the State Specialist Hospital of receiving monthly salaries of their deceased father.
Olorunmeye Oladele in an appeal letter on behalf of the family lamented that his late dad who died on June 10, 2016 “and has since been buried in our hometown of Iyamoye in Ijemu LGA, but someone somewhere has since been collecting his salaries on a monthly basis.”
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Oladele said the fraudulent action has hindered his family from receiving benefits including the burial expenses from the state government after submitting all relevant documents two years ago.
“Several families who have lost their loved one in the service of the state after ours, had received the initial burial expenses and gratuity, this lead to our findings that the salary of our beloved daddy who died in active service is still being paid monthly from the state government account to another individual account. We will appreciate if this is properly investigated and stopped,” Oladele said.
He noted that the family has written severally to the management of the State Specialist Hospital and State Civil Service Commission but delay tactics have been employed to continue perpetrating the crime.
He appealed to the state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello to launch a probe into activities of those receiving dead people salaries in the state, stressing that many families are in distress due to their activities.
“We are in distress, our family and many others are living with these pain of disservice done to people who had serve the state,” he concluded.
Reacting to the issue, the chief press secretary to the governor, Ms Petra Onyegbule, said her boss has already ordered an investigation into the matter.
Speaking to NAIJ.com on the phone, Onyegbule said: “The governor is working hard to weed out notorious and corrupt people from the system.
“I can assure that the investigation will be concluded to its logical end.”
Meanwhile, a member of the House of Representatives, Hassan Omale, has appealed to the federal government to beef up security in Kogi state to prevent further killing of residents by suspected herdsmen.
Speaking to journalists in Abuja on Sunday, March 18, Hassan Omale, who represents Ankpa/Olamaboro/Omala federal constituency of Kogi state said the killings of farmers and locals were becoming very alarming.
He said such killings could lead to reprisal attacks if urgent steps were not taken by the federal government.
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