Benue State chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Godwin Anya has praised the Governor Samuel Ortom-led administration for carrying Labour unions along in the matter of salary payment.
He said this yesterday while addressing newsmen after a meeting with the Deputy Governor, Engr Benson Abounu at the Government House in Makurdi.
Comrade Anya said the Governor has not hidden anything from them, adding that the government is working hard at finding other options or solutions to the salary problem in the state.
Speaking earlier, The Deputy Governor, Engr Benson Abounu disclosed that the government has taken delivery of the second tranche of Paris Club debt refund money which he said fell far short of what was due to the state.
He explained that whereas the state was expecting N13.7 bn or 25% of its total share from the Paris Club refund as the second tranche, only N6.8bn or 12.5% was released, less 5% consultancy fee translating to N6.46 bn.
The Deputy Governor stated that though the money received did not meet their expectation, government would nonetheless do all in its powers to pay workers what is available; assuring that the on-going screening exercise will not affect the payment of salaries or cause any worker to suffer as a result of it.
He explained that till the screening exercise ends and proper analysis is made of their findings, workers shall continue to receive the same money they are paid before the modified table payment screening began.