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By uzoukwuchidiadimiracle • 9 days ago • 122 views • 20 comments

Alhaji Sani Lulu, a former Chairman of the Nigeria Football

Federation (NFF) has described the non-payment of civil

servants’ salaries in Kogi as disheartening and

unfortunate.

Lulu said this in an interview with journalists on Tuesday in

Abuja.

According to him, workers’ salaries ought to be given

priority by every government.

He said the state government claimed it had paid state civil

servants their outstanding salaries, whereas they were

being owned 38 months salaries.

“In any responsible system, there is always a budgetary

provision in every year`s allocation of funds and a budget

cannot be produced without taking into cognisance staff

recurrent list.

“This means you must check the staff list, and once it is

endorsed, you know that it is your staff strength and must

be adhered to,’’ he said.

Lulu, an indigene of Kogi, said that the non-payment of

salaries of civil servants was one of the many ills of Gov.

Yahaya Bello.

He noted that All Progressives Congress (APC) stakeholders

in Kogi were already complaining about the governor’s style

of governance and had written a petition against him to the

party’s national leadership

According to Lulu, the petition which is quite detailed

contained the ills of Bello.

“A highly responsible and organised party as the APC will

not go contrary to what the people are already saying, the

party is conscious of the feelings of the people,’’ he said.

Lulu said it was regrettable that in spite of the abundant

natural resources in Kogi, the state was still very

backwards when compared to other states in the country.

He said as a confluence state, most of its leaders had not

utilised the strength of the confluence to attract investors,

stressing that there were lots of avenue and opportunities

to attract investors and tourists to the state.

“The state has lots of tourism potential and I think we

should be looking at it from that angle.

“I have worked in the NFF where I used football to improve

the health care system and develop the standards of

education,’’ Lulu said.

He attributed negative results in governance to lack of

transparency and accountability, saying that if the

government was transparent and accountable, there would

never be flaws in the system.

The former NFF boss said every government should plan

with the resources at its disposal to impact positively on

the lives of the people.

“You can plan with what you have if truly you are sincerely

interested in serving the people,’’ he said.

He, however, added that President Muhammadu Buhari

remains his role model because of his fight against

corruption, which he said was the major problem in the

country.

“If I start scoring President Buhari now, he may have some

faults, but he is my role model, I don’t know him, but there

is nothing he does that I do not hail.

“This is because no leader has served this country as much

as Buhari has done, he is working to address our major

problem which is corruption.

“Buhari is addressing corruption and they want to distract

him to go into other areas, he has clearly invested into

security by buying equipment.

“Corruption is, however, fighting back, he has created an

enabling environment for the police and the military, he is

improving their lives.’’

He added that once the fight against corruption was sorted

and won, the country would be on the right footing.

Lulu attributed insecurity in some parts of the country to

corruption, adding that all hands must be on deck to ensure

peace and development of the country.

He maintained that it was the collective responsibility of all

to identify those behind insecurity in some parts of the

country making life difficult for the people.

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