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Sunday, 1 November 2015

Ortom Not Cause of February Salary Deductions Says SSA Media


The Benue State Government has assured civil servants that their wages and welfare will continue to be a priority and no one will be allowed to tamper with their salaries.

Reacting to complaints over alleged disparity in the arrears of the February and March salaries, the government explained that the problem was a consequence of an agreement between the immediate past administration in the state and labour unions to effect deductions up to the end of February and commence full payment in March.
It said it was based on that payroll that the Ortom administration applied for the bailout package from the federal government.
The Nigeria Labour Congress in the state, it added, is aware of the agreement which led to the deductions and is in a better position to enlighten workers on the situation.
Government also dismissed as unfounded and malicious, the alleged diversion of N3 billion from the bailout funds by the Special Adviser on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Titus Zam.
It said the Special Adviser has no access to the bailout fund and “there is no way he could have diverted part of it. Moreover, representatives of NLC, TUC and other relevant unions are involved in the disbursement of the bailout funds to workers so they should be able to testify on the transparent manner the funds are being handled,” Terver Akase, Senior Special Assistant on Media to Governor Samuel Ortom said in a statement in Makurdi.
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