Outgoing Kogi State governor Idris Wada has disclosed that 85 per cent of the N40billion received by the Kogi State government in 2015 from the federation account and N4billion from internally generated revenue was spent on payment of salary of workers in the state.
Wada, who stated this in Lokoja on Monday during a parley with journalists, added with the inflow of N44.7billion, the state’s expenditure in the year stood at N46.8billion, thus leaving the state with a deficit of N2billion.
This was revealed at a parley with newsmen at Government House, as part of programmes lined up for the outgoing government.
Other revelations made by the governor at the parley showed that political office holders earned N165million on a monthly basis, translating to N1.98billion yearly.
The salaries of workers in the state the governor added is N3.12billion monthly with pension and gratuities gulping N7.6billion.
Wada lamented that even the N10billion infrastructural development funds which was due to be released to cushion the effect of the state’s capital allocations is still being held back by negative politicking that took over the state since the last governorship election.
He urged the incoming administration to see that projects that would have direct impact on the populace are embarked upon for the future of the state.
The governor, who said the state was among the states that met the criteria set for the loan, including nominee banks, executive and legislative approvals, lamented that due to politics being played with the lives of the citizens, the state is now in the current situation where its workers are owed three months salaries.
Capt. Wada expressed consolation that with the efforts made by his administration, the incoming government would be favoured by the powers that be to access the bail out funds as he would have no more hurdles to cross.
Capt. Wada at the parley commended the teachers in the state for their commitment and abiding faith in the programmes and policies of his administration.