Benue state governor, Samuel Ortom has admitted that his government has failed in its responsibility of paying workers’ salaries.
Ortom stated this in Makurdi, after meeting with national leaders of organized labour.
He said a worker deserves his wages, but the Benue government has not been able to fulfill that obligation, adding that they have failed the workers in this regard.
He, however, said that factors responsible for the inability of the state government to pay salaries were beyond it.
Ortom added that the state Government is worried by its inability to pay workers and has constituted a Joint Technical Committee, comprising civil servants and government officials, to look into the issues surrounding the inability to pay salaries.
He said the committee will also work towards bringing down Benue’s high wage bill of 7.8 billion naira.
Reacting, National President of the Nigeria Labor Congress, Ayuba Wabba, who also spoke with newsmen after the meeting, said the state government had made offers toward addressing the industrial action embarked upon by the state workers.
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