‘ Edo Govt Not Owing Workers Salary Arrears’ –Commissioner

Edo State Government has denied owing workers salary arrears, insisting it is up-to-date in its obligation to the state workers.

The government in a statement Monday  insisted that the state should not be lumped in the league of some states in default of payment of salaries as it meets its wage obligations before the end of each month.

In a statement, the State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Louis Odion said: “we read with deep shock claims that the Government of Edo State owes workers five months salary arrears. Nothing could be more misleading and mischievous.

“While it is true that some states are currently unable to meet their financial obligation, Edo remains an exemplar. For the records, Edo State

Government does not owe workers salary arrears as the government has fully discharged its obligations. As a matter of state policy since Comrade Oshiomhole assumed office in 2008, pensioners receive their pay first, followed by workers who get paid not later than the 25th of every month. The policy has not changed. For April, all pensioners and workers were also paid on schedule.

“Comrade Oshiomhole’s entire life has been devoted to the defence and advancement of the workers’ cause.  While it is true that states have come under heavy pressure on account of steep fall in oil price, for the Comrade Governor, the pay day remains sacrosanct. Through prudent management, the Comrade Governor is not just paying salaries and pension on schedule but is also able to keep contractors working on sites across the state.”

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