- There is jubilation in Borno following an order from the new governor that all workers and pensioners be paid their salary and pension arrears
- Governor Babagana Zulum asks all permanent secretaries and heads of government to compile the list of those affected and send them to him for approval
- Zulum says his government will not allow civil servants affected by the biometric data capturing to continue to suffer
Workers and pensioners in Borno are now to get their salary and pension arrears before the Eid-el fitr celebration as the new governor of the state, Babagana Zulum, has given an order for the payment to be made.
Zulum gave the order on Tuesday, May 30, said the payment should be with immediate effect adding that this affects all workers who had undergone biometric data capture or yet to do before the celebration.
Vanguard reports that Zulum issued the directive when chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Bulama Abiso, led other executive members of the union on a solidarity/courtesy visit to him at the Government House, Maiduguri.
Zulum reportedly asked all permanent secretaries and heads of government parastatalls/boards/agencies to immediately compile the lists of their affected staff/pensioners before June 3, 2019 for approval and payment before the forthcoming sallah.
“As government, we cannot allow some of our civil servants affected by the biometric data to continue to suffer without paying their entitlements for the past three years when the exercise was introduced.
“For now, I am not interested in anything called biometric data, but to see that even if it is a table payment, all those affected in the exercise should be paid pending when they are found to be guilty or collecting different salaries in the name of ghost workers,” he said.
It was learnt that a controversial biometric data of the civil servants in the state introduced by immediate past governor, Kashim Shettima, had resulted in the inability of thousands of workers to receive their salaries and pensions.
Legit.ng, however, reports that five aspirants of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Borno on Thursday, May 30, challenged the candidature of Babagana Zulum, in a pre-election appeal filed before the Jos Court of Appeal.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Borno Federal High Court dismissed the suit challenging the nomination of Zullum on the grounds that it was filed out of the 14 days grace stipulated by Section of 87 of the electoral act.
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