The opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bauchi State on Thursday told the state government that there is no justification for delaying workers’ salary and as such called on it to immediately pay their outstanding salaries.
This was contained in a press release signed by the party’s publicity secretary, Adamu Jallah and made available to journalists in Bauchi today.
According to the party, prompt payment of salary is workers’ right, adding that there is no justification for the government to withhold salaries of some civil servants for more than three months.
It added that the state government does not have any reasons not to pay more so that it receives its monthly allocation from the Federal Government.
“While sympathizing with the affected civil servants who were not paid for many months, we call on the government to hasten and settle their outstanding salaries because it is their rights.
“The governor has no justification to withhold their salaries when he collects the monthly federal allocations,” the opposition party stated.
The party stated that despite the fact that the state government saved money from the suspension of certain activities as a result of the outbreak of COVID-19, it still owes workers.
“It is a known fact that a lot of activities have been paralyzed since the outbreak of COVID-19 nationwide, such as Ramadan feeding, school feeding, sponsorship of hajj operations, among other things.
“But yet the PDP-led government is not able to pay salaries of some workers in the past couple of months even though money was saved from the suspension of the aforementioned activities.
“It is worthy to note that the state has continued to receive its monthly allocations from the Federal Government but yet it could not provide fertilizer this farming season.”
The APC further decried the continuous verification of civil servants in the state since the inception of the government, saying that the exercise is not yielding any results as several ghost workers are increasing every day.
In a swift reaction, the state Commissioner for Finance, Umar Sanda Adamu, said the delay in payment of the affected civil servants’ salaries is not the fault of the state government.
Adamu informed that the delay is caused by technical hitches on the part of the consultants in charge of the payment.