Lafia - Gov. Umaru Al-Makura of Nasarawa
has ordered the postponement of cash payment of workers' salaries to September.
The Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and
Publicity, Ahmed Tukur, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in
Lafia that government's decision followed a meeting with organised labour.
He said government took the position to shift the cash
payment from August to September after considering the timing and the processes
involved to have a hitch-free exercise.
The governor, he said, had directed the Permanent Secretary,
Ministry of Finance, and the Accountant General to commence payment of August
He also said that government and labour agreed that the
process of documentation for cash payment would commence early with effect from
The meeting also agreed that the exercise would be done in
collaboration with labour while all state and local government staff were
advised to comply with the requirements for the exercise.
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He added that organised labour had Mr Abdullahi Adeka, state
Chairman, NLC, Danladi Namo, Chairman TUC, and Sule Usman, Chairman Joint
Negotiating Council, in attendance.
NAN reports that the state government had last week
announced that it would pay workers by cash with effect from August.
The state’s Head of Service, Dr Dominic Bako, said the
exercise was part of government's efforts to tackle the incidence of ghost
He said the exercise would also help ascertain the veracity
of the biometric exercise recently conducted by Skye Bank which served as the
state government’s consultants.
"It is expected to complement the biometric data
capture of civil servants in the state carried out by Skye Bank.
"The Head of Service stressed that the new payment method would
ensure transparency and instil sanity in the system,’’ he said.