Nasarawa state civil servants in all levels have been enjoined not to lose confidence in the government, as in a short while the hard times occasioned by non-payment of salary shall be over.
An APC zonal chairman western zone Alhaji Iyal Aliyu Hassan,who gave the assurance in a telephone conversation with our correspondent has said that the party is not unaware of the situation of workers, but blamed it on the sharp drop in revenue allocation to the state.
He said that Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura remains a workers-friendly governor who is very much concerned and passionate about the welfare of workers even in the face of economic hardship adding that the governor out of his magnanimity did not owe workers’ salaries more than three months, hence the introduction of salaries being paid in percentages.
According to him, “In fairness to the governor, he is among the top ten governors without backlog of workers’ salaries. He introduced the percentage payment instead of owing workers when it was clear that the economy was no longer sufficiently buoyant as to sustain paying salaries.
“If these methods were not applied then, Nasarawa state workers would have been worse hit by the dwindling global meltdown because we are a non-industrial state rather than our farm produce but thank God for his excellency who took the bull by the horns and today instead of months of indebtedness to workers, the challenge is for three months,” he said.
Alhaji Iyal reacting over some issues surrounding a recent distribution of relief materials, where some persons said it was uncalled for when salaries of workers are not paid, said some situations are not planned for and the only help to anybody that was displaced either by a natural disaster or crisis is to extend to him help unconditionally, which is what the governor has demonstrated.
He however assured the workers to be patient as with the current release of the Paris Club refund,non-payment of workers’ salaries will soon be a thing of the past, urging the workers to show some level of understanding with the government .
On the news making the rounds that as a reason of the salary situation some civil servants in keffi could not afford to break their fast during the Ramadan therefore resorted to doing so by drinking water for lack of food, he said such is unheard off and a lie which the source need to repent for his lies in a period as the Holy Ramadan. “We are not that poor not to afford food, talk less in this period where love and the show of brotherliness is the practice,” he said.