My boss right to build mansion while workers are owed salaries — Gov. Bello’s aide

Gov Bello
Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello [Photo Credit: The News Nigeria]

The Director General on Media and Publicity to the Kogi State Governor, Kingsley Fanwo has reacted to reports condemning his boss for owning a multi-million naira house in his native Okene town.

Mr. Fanwo referred the agitators against the Governor as , “a confused community of crumbling critics”.

Addressing journalists in Kaduna, Mr. Fanwo also said Governor Bello did not violate any known law for having a house in his hometown.

Mr. Bello was criticised for building the mansion and organising a house warming event despite being unable to pay civil servants backlog of salary arrears.

Mr. Fanwo on Saturday 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,” he said.

Mr. Fanwo said the Kogi State government will continue to strengthen its relationship with the organised labour, insisting that comparison of the state with oil producing and highly viable states was unfair.

“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,” he said.


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  • Kristo John

    He has always been a successful business man, but he is building the so called house in his home town after becoming Mr Governor.

  • Justice and Fairness

    Yes, of course Politics is big business in Nigeria. And who would say a Governor is not a very successful one. That his why his success is only just manifesting NOW.

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    Kogi State, governor Yayah Bello, is an advance looter,thief and embezzler, of Kogi State, public funds as all monthly Federal allocations paid regularly into Kogi State account and internally generated revenues, and London/Paris Club,s loan refunds first tranche, second tranche and third tranche, as well as monthly Federal allocations have been remitted by the finance minister,Mrs Kemi Adeosun, and diverts by governor Yayah Bello, to build his massive mansion in his home town, in Kogi State. Governor Yayah Bello, is an advance-looter,thief and embezzler, of Kogi State funds and asset. EFCC, must start monitoring governor Yayah Bello, with the massive mansion he is building to the finishing touch right now despite that he owes aging pensioners, and civil servants seven months outstanding arrears.This is an eye-sore plain corruption.

    • Kareem Raji

      Which efcc ? Dont be surprised if you see magu serving tea at the mansion soon. The okene mansion is just one of the many mansions he has acquired since he became governor . The one in abuja is another masterpiece guarded by fierce looking policemen from force hq

  • Man_Enough

    if you are fortunate to harvest big yam tubers, cover the side of your mouth while eating it in public. the governor acted arrogantly. for that alone, i condemn him,

  • Kareem Raji

    Bello met a kogi with one of the lowest debt profile in thw country. He inherited a state that was governed by a very prudent Wada- a man who was hated by the elite because he refused to share the money and chose to prioritize salary payment. This APC trick of blaming past administrations for the mess they created might work in abuja but definitey not in kogi. Bello is in a class of his own when it comes to stealing. To think that this Fanwo who was a reverend before this appointment want to push the lie that bello was a successful business man before becoming governor is repulsive. I challenge Fanwo to provide evidence of how succesful bello was as a businessman.bello was a career public servant whose wife ran a small supermarket and transport company both fronts for laundering the money he stole from rmafc.

  • Julius

    You can’t make these stuff up. I don’t know what to say. Where do ppl like this come from self ? Na wa ooo !