Kogi State Government has insisted that the Staff Verification Exercise was the saviour of the State’s economy, saying it was a child of necessity.
According to a Lugard House statement, Kingsley Fanwo, the Director General on Media and Publicity on Sunday told members of Club 20 during a reception in his honour at Mopa, that the State suffered great financial loss as a result of activities of ghost workers and unintended beneficiaries.
“Government is about to move on from the hugely successful exercise. We could not continue to waste billions paying unintended beneficiaries. The people appreciate how the Governor was able to lay the menace of ghost workers to rest.
“We are not unaware of the sinister meetings by the opposition to sponsor protests against an exercise other states are trying to replicate. We would resist this attempt. We won’t stifle the rights of the affected workers to appeal through well-constructed channels”.
He urged the youth to key into the empowerment programs of the present administration in order to be self-reliant rather than allowing themselves to be used by “selfish politicians”, assuring the people of the State that funds saved from the exercise will be judiciously used for empowerment and infrastructural development.