The nation’s economy has been anything but stable and so it no longer comes as a surprise to hear of states where workers are being owed up to 6 month salary arrears. However, the Edo State government has denied all rumours that the state is one of those owing state workers and that it is up to date with salary payment.
The government, in a statement read by the State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Louis Odion, explained they were not defaulters in the area of salary payment as it meets the wage payment obligation before the end of each month and that it was not among all the other states defaulting in this area.
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.”