Cross River Governor Orders Immediate Payment Of May Salary

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Governor Ben Ayade in the inaugural motorcade
Governor Ben Ayade in the inaugural motorcade

Cross River State Governor, Senator Ben Ayade has ordered that the one month backlog of salary owed civil servants for the month of May be paid on or before Tuesday, June 9th, 2015.

It will be recalled that the Imoke administration owed civil servants for upward of five months but the former governor on the eve of his departure cleared the salaries up till April, 2015.

But speaking through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Christian Ita today, Governor Ayade said the decision to clear the one month backlog of salary was in keeping with his policy of ensuring that workers are paid salaries on the 25th of every month.

Governor Ayade, who on assumption of office, had vowed to make prompt payment of workers’ salaries one of his priorities, said “a laborer deserves his wages.”

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One commentOn Cross River Governor Orders Immediate Payment Of May Salary

  • Atyathoabe Osakpa

    It is very hard for me to understand why a government would owe workers their earned salaries. Unless a government is bankrupt, there is no justification for such irresponsibility. In this regard the new governor’s action is commendable. One way to forestall this practice of essentially borrowing money from workers by fiat is have a policy by which unpaid salary automatically becomes a loan from the worker to the government or employer and attracts the possible interest to be paid to the worker in addition to the salary that was not paid when due.

    There should be a punitive fine for salaries not paid for more than 90 days. A policy such as this or any variation thereof will stop once and for all, the financial abuse of workers. Where did the money used to clear the salary arrears up to April suddenly come from that couldn’t be found to pay the workers when the salary was due? For now let us commend governor Ayade and hope that this ugly practice is finally ended permanently.

    Congratulations once again, professor Ayade; the governator.

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