Rivers workers assured of salaries payment

ABUJA: THE Rivers State Government said despite its financial challenges, it would regularly pay its pay workers’ salaries. The assurance comes on the back of some states disclosing they were struggling pay the workers the minimum salary of N18 000 owing to financial challenges.

The State Deputy Governor Dr Ipalibo Harry Banigo, said while the administration was not exempt from he challenges, it would nonetheless sustain the payment. She said the welfare of workers would continue to be a priority. Banigo said the state government was mindful of the negative effects that salary reductions or retrenchment of workers, as canvassed by the Nigeria Governors Forum, would cause the civil servants.

“Although the present administration is yet to recover from the financial recklessness that led to the backlog of unpaid salaries of civil servants and pensioners by the past Government, the present administration would continue to place welfare of workers on the priority list by ensuring that workers salaries and entitlements are paid regularly,” Banigo said. She enjoined workers to remain steadfast and committed to their duties so as to justify Government huge investment in the Civil Service and assured that the state government has set in motion necessary modalities to ensure that all entitlements owed workers were paid.