Kogi Gov. Bello has right to build mansion while owing workers salaries – Aide

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The Director General on Media and Publicity to the Kogi State Governor, Kingsley Fanwo, has reacted to criticism trailing the Governor after pictures of his new multi-million naira mansion in his native Okene, emerged online.

Mr. Fanwo referred to the agitators against the Governor, “a confused community of crumbling critics”. 
Addressing newsmen in Kaduna, the Governor’s spokesman said Governor Yahaya Bello didn’t violate any known law for having a house in his hometown. 
He said: “I didn’t say anything because they are a confused community of crumbling critics who have lost focus and direction.” 
“They know the Governor was a successful businessman before his foray into politics. There is no correlation between the salary payment situation in the state and the Governor’s recently completed house at Okene.
“We have spoken severally about the salary situation in the state. We have paid genuine workers up to July 2017 and we are working on the arrears. It is also true that those who were recently pardoned and returned to the payrolls are being owed more number of months. 
“We will pay what our Paris Club Refund and allocations can pay to make the Yuletide an enjoyable one for our civil servants. They deserve their pay after all their contributions to the development of the state”. 

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Photo Credit: Usman Okai Austin

Photo Credit: Usman Okai Austin

“Anambra State was governed by a forward-thinking Governor who left a fortune for the incumbent. The present administration in Kogi inherited debts and unproductive loans. The Governor is working hard to build institutions that can sustain the gains of his reforms in the civil service”. 


  1. The point is not the legallity but that of morality and sensisitivity which is expected from a good leader. Your defense is not tenable sir!

  2. Your defense is sensles.a sensible young leader will not try such.. u even said July was the last time the genuine ones were paid. Are u listening to your self at all.this is just share wickedness.

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