Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi says he will pay all salary arrears of civil servants cleared and the pension arrears of retirees before the end of 2017.
Bello also said that he would commence prompt payment of salaries of workers in the state public service from January 2018.
He made the promise on Saturday at the commemoration of the 110th birthday of the Odeyani-Anebira, Alhaji Audu Otonoku and his eight years on the throne as the Otonoku in Lokoja.
“As from January next year, we shall be paying all our cleared civil servants salaries as and when due.
“I want to appreciate God that good days are coming to the people of Kogi,” he said.
He said that the state government had increased the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) from N350 million monthly to N1.2 billion.
In his remarks, the Commissioner for Finance, Idris Asiru, said that the state government had discovered and eliminated from the payroll over 2,000 names of workers with fake certificates.