Governor of Edo State, Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole is a typical example of those governors in Nigeria who would not owe workers salaries. He does not only pay as at when due, but before it is due; every 25th of each month. Oshiomhole’s Edo is not owning workers, the Government said in a statement yesterday.
Besides, Organised Labour in Edo State yesterday stated unequivocally that the state government is not owing its workers any salary.
Labour noted that the state government had made significant strides in the payment of salaries and deserved to be acknowledged so as to encourage performance.
The Government denied owing workers salary arrears, insisting it is up-to-date in its obligation to the state workers. The government in a statement yesterday 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.
A statement signed by 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. Governor Oshiomhole.“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.”
Reacting to a recent publication in one of dailies (not the Observer) to the effect that the Edo State government had not paid its workers salary up to date, the organised Labour stated that the allegation was not only false, it also did not represent the actual situation on ground.
In a statement signed by Comrade Emmanuel Ademokun, Chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Edo State, and Comrade Charles Oronsaye, Chairman, Trade Union Congress (TUC), Edo State, the organised Labour declared that, “for purpose of clarity and the records, we wish to state that the Edo State government has paid the salaries of its employees in the public sector (health sector, teachers, civil servants) and its parastatals”.
The statement further noted that apart from the staff of the local government service Commission whose salaries were still owed by the local administration and some organizations where labour still had issues for which it was currently discussing with government, all other employees of the state had been paid uptill date.
It therefore advised the media to always confirm facts before going to press to avoid misconception and swaying the public.