The Executive Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has reacted to news circulating that he was banned from traveling out of the country.
The Kogi state governor in a statement released by his Chief Press Secretary, Kingsley Fanwo described the allegation as calumnous. He further added that he had no intention of traveling and was not stopped by anybody from traveling outside the shores of the country.
Recall that the story which broke yesterday was credited to one Mr. Amuda Dan Suleiman as he alleged that the state governor was barred from traveling over unpaid workers salaries.
The Chief Press Secretary in the statement said: “The architects came up with so many versions of the story. To some dreamers, Buhari stopped the Governor. To some mischief-brewers, security agencies barred the Governor from travelling. And to the last set of abridged thinkers, Sen. Dino Melaye physically went to the airport to stop the Governor.
“To set the record straight, nobody stopped the Governor from travelling abroad. Nobody would have anyway, because he reserves such right to travel even as salary payments have been ongoing. Only a few MDAs who have not complied with the wagebill integrity are yet to be paid and they are few”.
He further added that “Governor Yahaya Bello understands that both delivery and distraction are competing for his attention. Yielding to distraction will surely stifle delivery”.
Fanwo, addressing the non-payment of workers salaries in the state noted that the state was working effortlessly to root out ghost workers from the system. He assured workers that the rumours of retrenchment by the state civil service remains untrue.