A short piece published in ThisDay newspaper today with the caption: “How Ayade Stings Civil Servants”, is a classic in falsehood.
Cross River State civil servants have never had it so good as they do under the administration of Governor Ben Ayade.
For instance, while many states with even bigger allocation from the federation account are struggling to pay workers salary, the Ayade administration pays salary on the 25th of every month.
Indeed, in September, salaries were even paid on the 23rd because of the Muslim holiday.
The writer’s claim that the recent strike embarked upon by workers was due to huge unpaid salary to teachers and local government workers is falsehood taken to a level of absurdity.
First, neither local government workers nor teachers in the state are owed a single month of salary. Which explains why both NUT and NULGE refused to take part in the strike. Second, the workers went on strike over check-up dues.
Besides being up to date with payment of salaries, Ayade has since assumption of office taken several policy decisions aimed at improving the lot of workers in the state, especially the minimum wage earners.
One of such policies is the tax exemption law that excludes low income earners from paying taxes.
He also has signed into law, a bill which makes housing a right in the state. The law gives legal teeth to his administration’s plan to build 5000 modular homes for the poor and unemployed in the state.
A man who has done this in just four months in office deserves commendation. He should be encouraged to do more.
Ita is SA on Media and Chief Press Secretary to Governor Ayade
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