As workers get ready to celebrate May Day, the Ogun State government has reassured civil servants of its commitment to their welfare.
This was revealed on Friday in a statement by the state Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Mr Dayo Adeneye.
In fulfillment of its promise to labour leaders, the state government said it was proud to state that in spite of the current financial crunch, it was not owing workers’ salaries.
This followed the announcement of the payment of April salary to all categories of the Ogun State civil servants and pensioners.
Both labour and government in the state had been in continuous negotiations over the issue of outstanding deductions.
In reaction to this, the Ogun State government also announced the payment of part of the outstanding deductions.
In Niger State, the government debunked rumours making the rounds that it was among the Nigerian states owing workers’ salaries.
The government noted that the state was not only up to date in its obligations to workers, it had also ensured that salaries were paid regularly since the inception of the Governor Abubakar Bello led administration.
The Niger State government has debunked rumours making the round that it is among Nigerian states that are owing workers’ salaries.
The Chief Press Secretary to Governor of Niger, Jibrin Baba Ndace, said in a press statement on Friday that the rumour making round in the public and published in some section of the media classifying Niger State as one of the states owing workers’ salaries is not true.
He stated that the state is not only up to date in its obligations to workers, it has also ensured that salaries are paid regularly since the assumption of office of Governor Abubakar Sani Bello.
“To set the record straight, on assumption of office on the 29th of May 2015, Governor Bello placed priority attention to the welfare of the entire work force in the state by placing payment of workers’ salaries on the first line charge and by ensuring prompt and regular payment to the civil servants.
“It is on record that despite the lean purse of the state and the dwindling national economy, Niger State Government has not defaulted in her statutory responsibility to its workers.
“Governor Bello has been alive to his responsibilities and is religiously and compassionately keeping his part of the social contract he entered to with the people of the state.”
The CPS further claimed that no administration in the 40-year-old state has enjoyed the high level of industrial harmony, peace and cordiality like that of Governor Bello.
He assured the civil servants that regular and prompt payment of workers’ salaries will continue to be on first line charge, as the state government is committed to ensuring a civil service that is well-motivated for the challenges of the 21st Century.