The Special Adviser to Benue State Governor on Labour Matters, Chief Ode Enyi, on Tuesday, declared that whether the salary arrears of civil servants were paid or not, workers in the state would still vote Ortom in the forthcoming election.
But the special adviser promised that the governor would clear all the arrears before the election.
Recall that state workers are owed seven months salaries while local government workers are owed eleven months salaries.
Enyi, who spoke with journalists in Makurdi, said workers were aware of the financial challenges the state was facing and had always been briefed by the government on the state of finances.
He said, “The labour leaders know that the governor has never embezzled their money. This is because even the labour union leaders are aware that the governor is being transparent with the state resources.
“That was why the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission could not find anything when they came and just decided to investigate security votes.
“I am sure the worker will reciprocate by voting massively for the governor in 2019.”
Speaking on whether the state would be able to pay the N30, 000 minimum wages if finally approved, the adviser said that the payment depended on the improvement of resources available to the state.
According to him, the governor has always been saying that he has no issue paying either N30,000 or N 50,000 minimum wage to workers but said that it depends on the state’s resources.
He said, “The governor always said that N30,000 or N50,000 minimum wage is okay for the worker but the problem is there is not enough money to pay and if the allocation is up to cater for minimum wage, the governor will be the first person to pay.”