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Nasarawa overcomes hurdles, pays July salary

By Francis Nansak

Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State said the unfortunate challenges that hampered payment of workers salaries recently had been overcome.

A court garnishee order against the government had also affected the payment of some pensioners entitlements.

The governor who blamed the situation on years of accumulated gratuity since the military era amounting to huge billions of naira, however, pointed out that despite the garnishee order, civil servants were paid their salaries to enable them celebrate Eid-el- Kabir with joy.

He made this known in Gudi on Saturday during a sallah visit by members of the Correspondents Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Nasarawa State chapter.

Engineer Sule stated that his administration was committed to the welfare of civil servants, hence, the need for the state government’ special arrangements with top management of some banks that enabled it pay salaries to workers despite garnishing of its account.

According to him, the garnishee order came at a very embarrassing period when “we have made arrangement for the payment of salaries to civil servants.

“But I am happy to tell you that we were able to pay salaries to civil servants in the state.

“When we received the garnishee order, I starting calling Lagos, the headquarters of most of these banks and we made arrangements with their top management for the payment of salaries to our staff.

“But we were unable to pay pensioners; however, between Monday and Tuesday next week, pensioners will be paid,” he said

ExpressDay recalls that on Wednesday,July 29, a Federal High Court, Abuja garnished the Nasarawa State Government Account following a case filed by some pensioners over non-payment of their gratuities.

Sule restated his administration’s commitment to continue to key into good policies and programmes that would have direct bearing on the lives of the civil servants and other citizens.

He also assured of his administration’s commitment to the provision of roads and other infrastructure in order to attract investors and for the overall development of the state.

The governor applauded the chapel for the visit and urged journalists to continue to educate the public on the state government policies and programmes for development to thrive.

Earlier, Mr Isaac Ukpoju, the Chairman of the chapel said the visit was to identify with the governor on this year’s Eid-el-Kabir celebration.

The chairman assured the governor of good working relationship in the interest of peace and development of the State and the country at large.

Written by ExpressDay

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