“Alert Rain”: Massive Jubilation As Benue Workers Receive First Salary in 7 Months

“Alert Rain”: Massive Jubilation As Benue Workers Receive First Salary in 7 Months

  • Civil servants in Benue state have received their first salary owed by the previous government headed by Samuel Ortom
  • This is coming weeks after Benue Governor Hyacinth Alia workers that his administration will work round the clock to ensure that the backlog of salaries and pension arrears are cleared
  • According to reports, the governor fulfilled his promise, and the workers confirmed they started receiving payments on Sunday, June 25, 2023

Workers in Benue State have heaved a sigh of huge relief after receiving one month's salary from the state government headed by Rev Fr Hyacinth Alia.

Some of the workers who spoke to Daily Trust in Makurdi, the state capital, said they started receiving alerts on Sunday, June 25.

Samuel Ortom, APC, PDP, Benue State Government
After about seven months of waiting, civil servants on the payroll of the Benue state government have started receiving their monthly salaries. Photo credit: Fr. Alia TV Network
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Alia assured Benue workers will get their pay on the 25th of every month

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Meanwhile, Benue State Governor Alia on Monday, June 12, promised to commence payment of salaries to state civil servants beginning from June 25, a vow he fulfilled.

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The governor also assured the people of the state that his administration is not on a witch hunt, following some of the key decisions he has taken since he resumed office so far, The Sun reported.

Workers express joy as they received their salaries, after seven months

Oraduen, a worker under the state government’s employ, said it felt so good to get paid after working without pay for the past seven months.

Another worker got his salary after eight months

Also, another worker, Fidelis, said he got a one-month alert of payment of his salary on Monday morning, June 26, after being owed for eight months.

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Daniel a worker who has been through hardship was joyful after Alia's move

Fidelis, alongside another worker, Daniel, expressed delight that the one-month salary paid to them would cushion the effect of hardship which their families have been through in the past months of unpaid salaries.

The state’s chairman of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Terungwa Igbe, also confirmed that the workers have been paid one month salary.

The chairman of pensioners in Benue state react to the development

Meanwhile, a few others including teachers and pensioners disclosed that they are still waiting to be paid, Vanguard report added.

A teacher in one of the primary schools in Makurdi, who just wanted to be identified as Doosuur, said they were hoping to be paid as well.

Chairman of the concerned/aggrieved pensioners in Benue state, Comrade Akosu Ioream, said,

“We are hoping that any moment from now, we will get our alerts; I hear that the delay is because they want to rid ghost pensioners and other irregularities as our voucher is being prepared. I also heard that the governor wants to pay us more than three months so they are preparing vouchers. But, there are no yet authentic information as to when and how we will start getting our pension alerts.”

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Serious issue as 23 LG chairmen rise against top APC governor, details emerge

Chairmen of the 23 Local Government Areas (LGA) of Benue State have dared Governor Hyacinth Alia.

The aggrieved LG chairmen on Saturday, June 24, vowed not to comply with Governor Alia's directive on their suspension from office.

Sequel to the recommendation by the state’s House of Assembly to Governor Alia to suspend the 23 LGAs chairmen in order to pave way for investigation into their financial activities, the Bureau of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affair (BLGCA) on Friday, June 23, ordered the council chairmen to handover baton the most senior staff in their various councils.

Drama as Governor Alia’s candidate floors SGF Akume’s choice to emerge Benue speaker

The anointed candidate of Governor Hyacinth Alia, Hon Hyacinth Aondona Dajoh, a first-timer in the parliament, has emerged as the Speaker of the 10th Benue State House of Assembly.

Dajoh emerged as Speaker after polling 17 votes in a runoff election against 15 votes polled by the Secretary General of the Federation, George Akume’s preferred candidate, Mrs Beckie Orpin, who is also a first-time lawmaker.

Source: Legit.ng

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