The Kogi State Government has said that there is no provision for any wage for workers in the state to cushion the effect of the removal of fuel subsidy by the Federal Government.
The state Commissioner for Finance, Ashiru Idris, stated this on Tuesday in Lokoja.
The commissioner pointed to the state’s salary structure, stating it is higher than most states and there is no provision for further award for civil servants asides the palliative for the general public.
He said, “For the first time in the life of this administration, Kogi State came first in the North Central and one of the best in the budget accountability index. We must stay the course so that we can become better in the period ahead. Let me therefore commend you all for always interrogating our policies, and programmes and providing alternatives that speak to issues affecting our people.”
“The fact that we gather here annually to hear from you as raw as you feel them, demonstrates the commitment of the state to engender participatory governance in the state “.
Meanwhile, the Kogi State Government has said that the era of budget preparation by Ministries, Departments and Agencies is gone as it is now the exclusive preserve of the people.
The state governor, Yahaya Bello, represented by the Commissioner For Finance, Budget and Economic Planning, Asiru Idris stated this on Tuesday while speaking at citizens’ engagement on 2024 budget formulation meeting in Lokoja, adding that the stakeholders’ engagement on budget has helped the state record the success story while expressing appreciation to citizens for always being part of the budget process.