Sani Lulu says non-payment of civil servants’ salaries in Kogi disheartening, unfortunate
Alhaji Sani Lulu, a former Chairman of the Nigeria Football
Federation (NFF) has described the non-payment of civil
servants’ salaries in Kogi as disheartening and
Lulu said this in an interview with journalists on Tuesday in
According to him, workers’ salaries ought to be given
priority by every government.
He said the state government claimed it had paid state civil
servants their outstanding salaries, whereas they were
being owned 38 months salaries.
“In any responsible system, there is always a budgetary
provision in every year`s allocation of funds and a budget
cannot be produced without taking into cognisance staff
“This means you must check the staff list, and once it is
endorsed, you know that it is your staff strength and must
be adhered to,’’ he said.
Lulu, an indigene of Kogi, said that the non-payment of
salaries of civil servants was one of the many ills of Gov.
He noted that All Progressives Congress (APC) stakeholders
in Kogi were already complaining about the governor’s style
of governance and had written a petition against him to the
party’s national leadership
According to Lulu, the petition which is quite detailed
contained the ills of Bello.
“A highly responsible and organised party as the APC will
not go contrary to what the people are already saying, the
party is conscious of the feelings of the people,’’ he said.
Lulu said it was regrettable that in spite of the abundant
natural resources in Kogi, the state was still very
backwards when compared to other states in the country.
He said as a confluence state, most of its leaders had not
utilised the strength of the confluence to attract investors,
stressing that there were lots of avenue and opportunities
to attract investors and tourists to the state.
“The state has lots of tourism potential and I think we
should be looking at it from that angle.
“I have worked in the NFF where I used football to improve
the health care system and develop the standards of
education,’’ Lulu said.
He attributed negative results in governance to lack of
transparency and accountability, saying that if the
government was transparent and accountable, there would
never be flaws in the system.
The former NFF boss said every government should plan
with the resources at its disposal to impact positively on
the lives of the people.
“You can plan with what you have if truly you are sincerely
interested in serving the people,’’ he said.
He, however, added that President Muhammadu Buhari
remains his role model because of his fight against
corruption, which he said was the major problem in the
“If I start scoring President Buhari now, he may have some
faults, but he is my role model, I don’t know him, but there
is nothing he does that I do not hail.
“This is because no leader has served this country as much
as Buhari has done, he is working to address our major
problem which is corruption.
“Buhari is addressing corruption and they want to distract
him to go into other areas, he has clearly invested into
security by buying equipment.
“Corruption is, however, fighting back, he has created an
enabling environment for the police and the military, he is
improving their lives.’’
He added that once the fight against corruption was sorted
and won, the country would be on the right footing.
Lulu attributed insecurity in some parts of the country to
corruption, adding that all hands must be on deck to ensure
peace and development of the country.
He maintained that it was the collective responsibility of all
to identify those behind insecurity in some parts of the
country making life difficult for the people.