Benue workers, pensioners decry non-payment of wages

Suswam-300x225CIVIL servants in Benue State have cried out over their three months’ salary arrears and have called on Governor Gabriel Suswam to pay them with immediate effect.

   Similarly, the retirees, now being owed six months pension arrears, have asked the government to have a rethink over the delayed payment, though the Commissioner for Finance, Omadachi Oklobia, told The Guardian that the pensioners were being owed four months, six months as claimed.

   However, he would not explain why the civil servants were being owed three months arrears. A member of staff of the state Ministry of Information, pleading anonymity, said that his children were yet to resume school, wondering when his salary would be released.

   At the state secretariat, some workers gathered in groups discussing their plight in low tones. One of them, who simply gave his name as Ogboli, hinged Suswam’s senatorial chances on his relationship with civil servants.

   He further called on the electorate to prepare to vote for only credible candidates with proven integrity in order to avoid a recurrent of the “ill-treatment of civil servants” in the state.

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