The inability of the Benue State government to meet workers wage bill has been blamed on the shortfall in revenue accruing to the state from the federation account and the lack of will by the federal government to reimburse states that rehabilitated some federal roads. THIS DAY reports.
This was disclosed by the Deputy Governor of the state, Engineer Benson Abounu, who also revealed that state governors had requested from the federal government a grace of eighteen months for them to begin to repay the loans granted to them by the federal government which was turned down in favour of only a grace period of the month of March.
“The state government is not insensitive to the plight and yearning of the workers but is working hard to improve on their welfare, but due to lack of funds, we are having these problems.”
Meanwhile, earlier in his speech, the State Labour Chairman, Comrade Godwin Anya, disclosed that workers in the state had not been paid for over four months even as the Independent, Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences (ICPC) recently indicted the state government of diverting the bailout fund meant for workers salaries.
He appealed that a full report of the Bailout Committee headed by the Deputy Governor, whose office was indicted of double payment of N37 million from the Bailout fund, be made public, adding that workers who are yet to be paid are paid without further delay.
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