The Kogi State Government has denied claims making the rounds in the state that Governor Yahaya Bello is using money meant for pensioners in the month of March to fund his presidential campaign.
Asiwaju Idris, the state Commissioner for Finance and Budget Planning, spoke to journalists in Lokoja on Sunday, and said the widely circulated rumour that Governor Bello had used the March Pension to conduct his presidential declaration event recently in Abuja was untrue.
The commissioner said on the contrary, there was delay in the payment of March pension due to banking logistics.
Idris said that the government was not owing pensioners and attributed the difficulty in the March payments to network failure.
“The delay in payment of March pensions was due to logistics problems of transferring the money from Access Bank to UBA,” he stressed.
He, however, urged pensioners in the state to be patient and avoid anxiety, saying the banks were making efforts to resolve the problems and effect their payments within the nearest possible time.
He noted the state government under the leadership of Bello priotised salaries of workers and pensioners, and would do everything to ensure the prompt payment of such, as the state government is known for.