Reports that Borno State is among states owing workers’ salaries after collecting the Paris Fund Refunds from the Federal Government is false, according to the Spokesman of Borno State Governor, Isa Gusau who is also Gov. Shettima’s Special Adviser on Communication and Strategy.
Mr. Gusau who was reacting to inquiries from our correspondent on the salary issues in a text message said, “In Borno state, the Government has never owed the salaries of workers, I don’t know where that report came from”.
Also collaborating the position of Mr. Gusau, Borno State Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Titus Abbana told our correspondent that the state is up to date with her salary commitment to workers in the state, adding that, “even the last salary was paid before the sallah celebration to enable muslims civil servant in the state to make purchases instead of borrowing to paid later.
Comrade Abbana also informed that the government of Borno State has even paid the salaries of revenue generation parastals like Borno State Board of Internal Revenue, International Hotel, Borno State Hotel who have been unable to generate revenue and pay their as a result of the Boko Haram crisis.
Comrade Abbana who commended Borno State Government for the feat however express concern over the slow pace of the biometric exercise which according to him has caused too much sufferings especially for the pensioners in the state.
He therefore called on government to speed up the process by employing more hands and competent people that will carry out the exercise in good time. He added that the completion of the exercise will be beneficial for both government and the workers as no one would be short-changed.
The Borno NLC Leaders also called on the state government to settle the outstanding gratuity of workers that have retired from the state civil service to enable them quickly pick up their lives.