Nasarawa State civil servants at all levels have been enjoined not to lose confidence in the government, saying in a short while, the hard times occasioned by non-payment of salaries would be over.
An APC zonal Chairman, Western Zone, Alhaji Aliyu Hassan, who gave the assurance in a telephone conversation with The AUTHORITY has said that the party is not unaware of the situation of workers, but blame it on the sharp drop on the revenue allocation to the state.
He said Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura remains the workers-friendly governor who is very much concerned and passionate about the welfare of workers even in the face of economic hardship. He added that the governor, out of his magnanimity, did not owe workers’ salaries so much than three months, hence the introduction of salaries being paid in percentages.
According to him, “In fairness to the governor, he is among the top ten governors without backlogs of workers’ salaries; he introduces the percentage payment instead of owing workers when it was clear that the economy was no longer buoyant as to paying salaries.
“If these methods were not applied then, Nasarawa State workers would have been worst hit by the dwindling global meltdown because we are a non-industrial state rather than our farm produce but thank God for His Excellency who took the bull by the horns and today instead of months of indebtedness to workers, the challenge is for three months”, he said.
On the news making the rounds that civil servants in Keffi could not afford to break their fast during the Ramadan as a result of non-payment of salaries, he said such is unheard off and a lie.