Wednesday, 24 June 2015

NO EXCUSE IS TENABLE FOR STATES TO OWE SALARIES, ORTOM SAYS

There is no tenable excuse for any state government to owe its workers their salaries, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has said.


 Speaking  when he paid a working visit to the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) in Abuja, Dr Ortom said though many states have genuine reason for owing their workers, it was wrong for anyone to capitalize on the reason and not doing anything about it.

The governor said government and other employers should give priority to workers’ wages and show compassion for them so that their labour must not be in vain.  

 “All of us including President Buhari are sad that people worked but were nor paid.  We are not happy about it; and everyone should be concerned that people work and but not paid because the Bible says a worker deserves its wages and so it is a priority that must be given consideration and by the grace of God we will surmount it”, he said.

Ortom said he was at the information technology agency to seek ways of developing IT in Benue, which according to him, is a barren land for ICT.  

He said: “We want to collaborate with NITDA to do a lot of things for our people because Benue state is a barren land for ICT. Globally, ICT remains a tool for wealth creation, employment generation and for creation of several other opportunities for Nigerians.”

 Speaking earlier, NITDA’s Director General Mr Peter Jack said there are opportunities in ICT to create a credible alternative to oil and gas in the area of software development and actual IT solutions.

If utilized properly, Jack, said IT could be used for catalysing economic growth across all sectors, including agriculture.

“In recognition of the direction that the economy is going, we note with dismay that there are economic challenges but in ICT is an opportunity to create a credible alternative to oil and gas in the area of software development and actual IT solutions, in addition to using IT for catalysing economic growth across all sectors, we will work with you government to deliver on our mandate for our country and for your state in particular”, he said.





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