Abuja - The Niger State has denied owing workers any salaries, proclaiming these were paid regularly since Governor Abubakar Sani Bello assumed office last year.
Jibrin Baba Ndace, Bello’s Spokesperson, dismissed as rumours the state was one of administrations locally owing the workers.
“This is not true,” said Ndace.
To set the record straight, Ndace said, on assumption of office on May 29, Bello placed priority attention to the welfare of the entire work force in the state by placing payment of workers’ salaries on the first line charge and by ensuring prompt and regular payment to the civil servants.
“It is on record that despite the lean purse of the state and the dwindling national economy, Niger State Government has not defaulted in her statutory responsibility to its workers,” Ndace said.
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“Bello has been alive to his responsibilities and is religiously and compassionately keeping his part of the social contract he entered to with the people of the state.”
Ndace said the administration had initiated programmes towards diversification of the economy as well as adopted strategies for boosting Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) to sustain its workforce and execute cardinal priority projects for the state.
“Without being accused of blowing one's Trumpet, no administration in the 40-year-old state has enjoyed the high level of industrial harmony, peace and cordiality like that of Governor Abubakar Sani Bello.”
Ndace assured civil servants regular and prompt payment of workers’
salaries would continue.
“We are committed to ensuring a well motivated Civil Service for the challenges of the 21st century.”
- CAJ News