A human rights activist, Femi Falana has issued a seven-day ultimatum to Kogi State Governor, His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Bello to pay the outstanding allocations due to the Deputy Governor’s office of the state amounting to the total sum of Eight Hundred And Nineteen Million, Seven Hundred And Nine Thousand, Nine Hundred And Eighty Thousand Naira for the 2017, 2018 and 2019 memo approval.
Falana in a letter dated July 17, 2019, said the accumulated statutory allocations the state government has withheld which includes travel allowances, hotel bills, pledges and outstanding monthly imprest and salaries due to his client as the Deputy Governor of Kogi State amounted to N819, 709, 980, 00.
He said, “If our client’s request is not granted within seven days of the receipt of this letter, we have our client’s instructions to seek redress in the National Industrial Court. It is hoped that Your Excellency will not allow our client to resort to litigation in respect of this matter as that may embarrass the Government of Kogi State.
The letter reads 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 by your office. In particular, the statutory allocations
approved for the office of the Deputy Governor have been withheld by the State Government since 2017.
“These said statutory Allocations are duly captured in the Kogi State Appropriation Laws of statutory allocations of 2017, 2018 and 2019 supported by various memos sent to your office since 2017 which were duly approved without cash backing till date.
“Notwithstanding the fact that the statutory allocations have been illegally withheld our, client has continued to carry out his functions as the Deputy Governor of kogi State. In as much as our client is prepared to continue to discharge the enormous responsibilities of his office, he is currently hampered by lack of funds which has wide ranging implications for the State even as it prepares for the forthcoming gubernatorial election.
In view of the foregoing, we have our client’s instructions to request Your Excellency to use your good offices to ensure the immediate payment of the withheld statutory allocations legitimately appropriated for the office of the Deputy Governor of Kogi State since 2017.