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Workers’ Verification: Kogi Governor sacks screening committee chair

Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has sacked the Chairman of the Civil Servant Screening Committee, Paul Okutimo, following alleged high handedness and refusal to comply with the terms of reference laid down for the screening by the state government.

The governor, who held a meeting with the organised labour at Government House in Lokoja on Friday evening, said the recent preliminary report which was released by the retired army general was not approved by him.

He sympathised with those affected by the purported lists which he said has caused discomfort for many families in the state.

According to the governor, the screening was not meant to witch hunt anybody but to sanitise the entire system.

The governor charged the new Chairman of the
Committee, Jerry Agbaje, to live up to the expectations of the people and ensure the exercise is completed within two weeks.

The Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC in the State, Onu Edoka, at the meeting commended the governor for his workers friendly disposition.

Mr. Edoka was among those labelled ghost workers and sacked from service.

The NLC chairman, who led other labour leaders to the meeting said the governor’s emergence was a manifestation that he had a divine solution to the problems confronting the state.

He promised that labour would justify the confidence reposed on them by ensuring that the screening exercise is effectively carried out without any let or hindrance.

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