BY INUSA NDAHI, MAIDUGURI
The new Governor of Borno state, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum on Thursday ordered for immediate payment and settlement of all outstanding salaries and pension arrears of all civil servants who have undergone bio metric data capture or yet to to do before the Eid -El Fitr sallah celebrations.
The governor gave the directive when Chairman Nigeria Labour Congress Chairman, Comrade Bulama Abiso led other executive members on a solidarity/courtesy call on him at the Government House, Maiduguri.
Recall that his predecessor, Former Governor Kashim Shettima for over three years introduced controversial bio metric data of all civil servants which led to stoppage of salary payments of thousands civil servants directly or indirectly affected by Mr. Bako led- committee.
But putting smiles on the faces of those affected, Zulum directed all Permanent Secretaries in the ministries and heads of Government Parastatalls/Boards/Agencies to immediately compile list of their affected staff/pensioners, bring it on his table on or before Monday 3rd June, 2019 for approval and payment before the forthcoming Sallah.
His words: ” As government, we cannot allow some of our civil servants affected by the bio metric data to continue suffer without paying their entitlement for the past three years when the exercise was introduced.
“For now, I am not interested in anything called Bio Metric Data, but to see that even if it is a table payment, all those affected in the exercise should be paid pending when they found to be guilty or collecting different salaries in the name of ghost workers.
” Although, we will not tolerate ghost worker syndrome in the state, because anyone found guilty of such will definitely face the full wrath of the law.
“So, I directed that all Permanent Secretaries in the ministries and heads of Government Parastatalls/Boards/Agencies to immediately compile list of their respective affected staff/pensioners, bring it on my table on or before Monday 3rd June, 2019 for approval and payment before the forthcoming Sallah.
” As government, we cannot allow some of our civil servants affected by the bio metric data to continue suffer without paying their entitlement. These affected civil servants/pensioners have families to carter for, and we cannot allow this to continue as posterity will judge all of us.
“Civil servants are the engine room of good governance, and so, with or without Bio Metric Data, all those affected must be paid with immediate effect”.
The NLC Chairman, Abiso thanked the Governor for considering the sufferings of the affected colleagues as a result of the lingering Bio Metric Data which has lasted for over three years with many affected Civil Servants/Pensioners have been living from hand to mouth without been paid their monthly salaries or allowances.
He pledged full support and cooperation by NLC to the new government in order to move the state forward.