I need N40b to clear salaries – Or­tom

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Hope Abah, Makurdi

The Benue State gov­er­nor, Sa­muel Or­tom, said at the week­end that he needs N40 bil­lion to clear all out­stand­ing salaries of work­ers in the em­ploy of the state gov­ern­ment.

Or­tom’s ex­pla­na­tion came on the heels of a three-week ul­ti­ma­tum handed to him last week by the state chap­ter of the Nige­ria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) to pay all salaries or face in­dus­trial ac­tion.

Ad­dress­ing mourn­ers at the fu­neral of the late Atese Re­becca Terkpe in Taraku, Gwer Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of the state, the gov­er­nor said he had en­sured that ev­ery worker got paid at least once in two months de­spite the cur­rent eco­nomic chal­lenges.

He said that at the mo­ment he needed about N40 bil­lion to clear all ar­rears of salaries owed all cat­e­gories of work­ers, em­pha­siz­ing that it be­came nec­es­sary to make the clar­i­fi­ca­tion be­cause of the im­pres­sion al­ready cre­ated in some quar­ters that he had not paid salaries for up to 10 months at a stretch.

The gov­er­nor said he kept to his agree­ment with labour lead­ers that as a re­sult of in­suf­fi­cient funds, the fed­eral al­lo­ca­tion of two months would be com­bined to pay one month’s com­plete salary for work­ers, stress­ing, that it was the ac­cu­mu­la­tion of the un­paid months that had given the wrong im­pres­sion.

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