By Kenneth Uwasomba
Workers in the state’s Civil Service have cried out over what they allegedly termed “stimulated salary alerts” which are usually reversed a few hours later.
Some of the affected workers, particularly from the Ministry of Economic Planning, last week, told our correspondent that they were shocked to their bone marrow, when a few hours after receiving the alert for the payment of their six, months salaries, the whole thing was reversed, thus the suspicion that it was the state governments directive to hoodwink them.
The workers who craved anonymity alleged that up on enquiry from paying banks they were informed the reverse was as a result of what they described as “order from above”, an insinuation that the state government has a hand in it.
They were emphatic that contrary to the state government’s claim that it had paid all their salaries arrears, they are still being owed over six months salaries.
The Edge Express Newspaper investigation revealed that the mode of payment of salaries of civil servants in the state is flaunted with irregularities, which corroborated what a top civil servant, who didn’t want his name in print said: For instance, some of us are being owed from June. Sometimes, instead of the salaries to be paid sequentially, you may get an alert from August salaries while that of July was skipped. It breeds corruption as most of us do not know the actual months we are being owed.”
They made an appeal to the government to make payment of salaries a priority in its 3R Mantra of rehabilitation, recovery and reconstruction, emphasizing that workers’ welfare should be paramount to any responsive, proactive and listening government.