Yola - Many workers left their offices in
Yola on Thursday to withdraw arrears of salaries and leave grants just paid
into their bank accounts by the State Govenment.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that Gov. Bindow
Jibrilla had on Monday confirmed the receipt of N7.2 billion bailout fund by
He directed the Ministry of Finance to commence payment of
the arrears of salaries and leave grants to the workers.
The workers, who besieged the banks and ATM points to make withdrawals,
expressed happiness over the payments, with some describing it as "windfall."
Some of the workers said the bulk payment was timely.
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"The whole thing is like a dream come true. I commend the
government for this and urge it to sustain the tempo through prompt payment of
salaries and leave grants", Bello Musa said.
Meanwhile, some creditors have started laying ambush in
banks and offices to recover their debts.
"We don't want to miss out from this opportunity and my
appeal to workers that are indebted is that they should show gratitude to God
by using this opportunity to settle their debts", Fati, a creditor, said.
NAN reports that private school proprietors who also want to
get their share of the windfall have started issuing letters to parents to pay
fees for their children and wards.