By Andy Chukwu
This resolution followed the presentation, debate and adoption of Committee Report 30 of the House Committee on Public Accounts on the State’s Auditor General’s on 2016 Financial Statements (Budget Performance Analysis on Personnel Cost, Overheads, Capital Expenditure and Revenue Performance of Kogi State for the Year Ended 31st December, 2016), which was presented by Hon. Ahmed Mohammed, Committee Chairman.
The report indicted the Kogi State High Court and Kogi Hajj Commission of financial breaches.
The House is also asking the Chief Judge to step aside to defend himself over the indictment by Auditor-General of the state.
The House also recommended punitive measures for those indicted to prevent a recurrence.
The House, however, directed the state government to urgently resume payment of salaries of judicial workers.
The state judiciary had been at logger heads with the state government over the screening of the workforce, leading to the ongoing strike action which entered its fourth month on Monday.
Governor Yahaya Bello had, last month, called on the striking judiciary workers to subject themselves to table payment systems designed to weed out ghost workers and unintended beneficiaries from the system.
The judiciary workers objected to the order, insisting that they have their own internal screening mechanism.