Samuel Ortom, Governor of Benue State has said he is owing local government workers just 9 months salary
Ortom who was critized for receiving such an award given by the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE, amid its 40th Anniversary celebration in Abuja.
A press statement discharged by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Tever Akase, the Governor said the honor did not depend on salary issue alone but rather as one of the first and among the few Governors to support local government self-rule.
“NULGE in their letter assigning the Governor for the honor, obviously expressed that he was to be regarded as one of the first Governors to help support the local government Autonomy.
“The issue of local government staff being owed salaries for 14 months is also fallacious. Since the beginning of 2018, the Ortom administration has paid salaries of all categories of workers in the state. What is being owed are nine months arrears of local government staff in 2017.
“It is also erroneous to keep stating that the bailout and Paris Club refunds were enough to clear salary arrears, pensions and gratuities when the N69 billion debt inherited was far higher than all the interventions put together.” He said in part.