Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Finance Commissioner: Benue Will Not Borrow To Pay Owed Salaries

The Benue State Government has said it will not borrow money from the financial market to clear the backlog of salaries owed workers in the agrarian state, Commissioner of Finance, David Olofu has said.

The workers in Benue state including that of state and local government sectors have not being paid salaries for several months and the situation has caused untold hardship on the people, resulting to the deaths of their wards and other family members.

However, the commissioner explained that the workers were being owed salaries because of dwindling allocation and stated that government was employing proactive measures to generate funds and clear the backlog.

Olofu stated this in Makurdi on Tuesday, while fielding questions from journalists at the presentation of the 2016 budget breakdown. He assured workers that the hard economic situation would soon be reversed.

According to Olofu, state government was not resting hence the non payment of its staffers but insisted that borrowing to pay salaries would land the state into permanent jeopardy that would be very difficult to settle.

“The government cannot borrow to pay salaries but serious measures are being taken to settle the backlog of workers’ salaries. The situation is difficult but the administration is not resting to enhance the welfare of workers and reduce abject poverty,” he stated.

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