Sunday, 15 November 2015

Frustration as banks unable to pay Benue civil servants

 As government commences the payment of the cumulative arrears of salary to civil servants in Benue state following intervention through the Federal Government’s bailout, banks across the state have been besieged by thousands of customers were allegedly unable to access their accounts on Automated Teller Machines across the state.

Sunday Mirror witnessed thousands of customers queuing up at some in Markurdi only to discover that money was not loaded into the system.

The development which has left customers frustrated after several hours of queuing up to enable them withdraw some cash for domestic use to no avail as nothing was forthcoming.

Expressing anger on the disappointment at Katsina-Ala local government area of Benue North East, Mr. Agber Tondo disclosed that his wife was at the bank as early as 10 am and her desire was to withdraw N10,000 for an emergency engagement at home front but after several hours of queuing up only N1,000 was dispensed.

Also in the state capital similar problems are being experienced at some centers while customers were disappointed protesting the delay and their inability to withdraw their money and called on bank authorities to improve upon their services.

Similarly at the Benue South west senatorial district the same problems seem to have been replicated as civil servants who are also customers of various banks complained of inability to get payment while attributing it to poor network services.

It will be recalled that the commencement of payment of the bailout funds to augment conditions of civil servants started barely a week ago with protests trailing the exercise whereby others have complained of only receiving two months instead of three months.

While in other instances others complained of not receiving any alerts on their accounts since the exercise began.

Attempts to confirm the development from the chairman of the disbursement committee who is also the Deputy Governor of the state, Mr. Benson Abuonu, were not successful as he could not be reached for comments.

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