- Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno says he he does not consider payment of salaries and pensions as an achievement
- The governor said the payment of salaries is a debt to workers who have served the state
- He, however, advised workers in the state that they must also be up and doing so that they can earn their wages
Borno state governor, Professor Babagana Zulum, says he does not consider payment of salaries and pensions as an achievement.
The governor's comment was contained in a statement sent to journalists by Isa Gusau, his special adviser on public relations and strategy.
The governor said the payment of salaries is a debt to workers who have served the state.
His words: “I have never considered payment of workers’ salaries as achievement but rather as payment of debt, in this case, government paying for the services rendered by law-abiding civil servants who signed contracts with the government as employees to work for hours, days and weeks and be paid for their work at the end of the month.
“The workers are in government debt when they work, and the government pays that debt by paying salaries.
“Payment of debt is never an achievement, it is an obligation and this why we ensure that before the 26th of every month, workers and pensioners get paid.”
He, however, advised workers in the state that they must also be up and doing so that they can earn their wages.
Similarly, the Akwa Ibom state government recently paid December salary to civil servants and other workers in its employ.
The state governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel gave the directive that all workers and pensioners in Akwa Ibom should receive their salary before Wednesday, December 25, so that they will have money to celebrate the Christmas with their families.
In a related development, Governor Emeka Ihedioha recently directed the Imo state accountant general, to commence immediately the payment of December salaries to civil servants in the state and their counterparts at the local government level.
The directive was contained in a statement sent to journalists by the governor's chief press secretary, Chibuike Onyeukwu.
The governor also directed the payment of pensions to all pensioners in the state and local governments for the month of December.
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