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In Kogi Auditor General blames staff for salary delay

He stated that the refusal of local government staff to furnish his office with certain documents was the key reason for the delay in effecting the three months back log.

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Alhaji Ahmed Ododo, the Kogi Auditor General for Local Governments, on Monday, blamed staff for the delay in payment of salaries.

A statement issued by Ododo made available in Abuja said that questionable activities of certain members of staff led to the delay.

He stated that the refusal of local government staff to furnish his office with certain documents was the key reason for the delay in effecting the three months back log.

``We, the citizens are the real problem of this state and not the leaders.

``It took local government staff a long time to release to us the information we requested for in the approved format. As we speak, some are yet to send to us what we need to prepare their salaries.

``Two weeks ago, we asked all staff of Local Government Education Authority to send the list of staff with work schedules.

``Up until this moment, none has complied; so, how do we pay them?.''

He, however, said that some teachers who were cleared were paid, including 14 local council staff.

Ododo also said that 48 out of 55 Ministries, Departments and Agencies in the state had been paid, while 4,280 pensioners would be paid by Tuesday.

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