Kogi State Deputy Governor Simon Achuba has vowed to seek a legal redress at the National Industrial Court if Governor Yahaya Bello fails to release the statutory allocations allegedly due to his office after expiration of a seven-day ultimatum. A demand notice to the governor, signed by Femi Falani on the instructions of the deputy governor, called for the release of all statutory allocations due to the office of the deputy governor for 2017, 2018 and 2019 amounting to N819,709,980.00.
The letter addressed to Governor Yahaya Bello and dated July 17, read in part: “Our client has informed us that your Excellency’s administration has consistently refused to give approval for the release of funds for the smooth running of the Office of the Deputy Governor even after memos to that effect have been approved for the office.
“In particular, the statutory allocations approved for the office of the Deputy Governor have been withheld by the state government since 2017.
“The accumulated statutory allocations as withheld is N819,709,980.00 which includes travel allowances, hotel bills, pledges and outstanding monthly imprest and salaries due to our client as the Deputy Governor of Kogi state.” When contacted, the Director-General on Media and Publicity to the governor, Kingsley Fanwo, declined comment.
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