Monday, 23 October 2017

Why we didn’t pay director’s salaries before he committed suicide – Kogi state govt



Kogi State on Sunday experienced shock at the death of a senior civil servant who reportedly committed suicideafter going months without pay.

But the state’s head of service, Deborah Ogunmola, said the death of Edward Soje should not be blamed on Kogi State.

Mr. Soje, 54, was a director at Kogi State Teaching Service Commission until his sudden suicide on Friday evening.

His death was immediately connected to the impoverished state he was left after going months without being paid by state government.

His death reportedly came 10 days after his wife gave birth to a set of triplets. The News Agency of Nigeria said the couple had been childless since they got married 17 years ago.

But in her Sunday statement, Ms. Ogunmola said Mr. Soje was caught in false age declaration practices during a staff verification exercise introduced by Governor Yahaya Bello.

“His pay was stopped after proof emerged that he falsified his age records. His confession to the offence is on video,” Ms. Ogunmola said.

Notwithstanding, the state decided to retain Mr. Soje in service following talks with labour union officials, the official said.

“Following engagements with Labour which spanned several months, the Kogi State Governor magnanimously commuted the disciplinary action due against certain categories of offenders by grant of pardon. Mr. Soje fell into one of the categories.

Source: Premium Times

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