Kogi govt admits owing director who committed suicide

The Kogi State Government Sunday, admitted that it owed the late Edward Soje eight months salary before he committed suicide on October 16.

Why it matters: The state Head of Service, Deborah Ogunmola admitted in a statement in Lokoja. She said that Soje received his monthly salary up till December 2016, when it was suddenly stopped by the government.

His pay was stopped after proof emerged that he falsified his age records. His confession to the offence is on video to justify government stoppage of his salary, ’’Ogunmola said.

Other remarks:

  • Ogunmola, however, explained that following engagements with the labour which spanned several months, the Kogi governor magnanimously commuted the disciplinary action due against Soje and other certain categories of offenders by granting them pardon.
  • Pardoned members staff were processed for reinstatement and payment in batches. Mr Soje was in the September 2017 batch and he was aware of this fact. The Kogi State Teaching Service Commission, where he worked has forwarded a template for payment to government and Mr Soje was aware that he was listed to receive six months back pay.
  • According to her, this leaves only 2 months (August and September) outstanding.
  • Ogunmola, who also hailed from Ogori, the same town with the deceased, said the government was saddened in no small measure by the alleged action of Soje.
  • She, however, deplored media reports attributing Soje’s alleged decision to commit suicide to non-payment of salary.

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