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Benue state to pay backlog of salaries, set up committee

Benue state to pay backlog of salaries, set up committee

- Benue state government says it has set up a committee to oversee the payment of backlog of salaries owed workers

-The government says workers would be screened in the presence of their heads of department

- The government also claimed that the policy would check cases of fraud as well as ascertain the actual workforce in the state civil service

The Benue state government says it has set up a committee to oversee the payment of backlog of salaries in the state.

Benson Abounu, the state deputy governor made this known on Thursday May 11, shortly after chairing a meeting of the committee set up by the state government to oversee the payment of backlog of salaries owed workers.

The government says workers would be screened in the presence of their heads of department

The government says workers would be screened in the presence of their heads of department

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Abounu said: ‘’The new policy entailed that workers would be screened in the presence of their heads of department.

''Directors and permanent secretaries who would identify them after which warrants would be issued for their in various bank accounts to be credited.

“The situation we have at hand may compel us to resort to the ‘modified table payment’ in paying workers’ salary so as to ascertain our workforce, detect ghost workers and prevent ‘salary padding’ which is rampant in the state civil service.‎”

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Reports have it that the policy would check cases of fraud as well as ascertain the actual workforce in the state civil service.

NAIJ.com recalls that the Benue state House of Assembly passed the bill prohibiting open rearing and grazing into law.

This is in efforts to stop the conflicts between farmers and Fulani herdsmen in the state. The bill provided for the establishment of ranches and livestock administration, regulation and control.

According to the lawmakers, the bill will end the protracted war between Benue farmers and herdsmen. “Nobody will be permitted to carry out open grazing outside the permitted ranches.

Any person who contravenes this act shall be guilty and upon conviction be sentenced to 5 years imprisonment with a fine of 1 million.

“Where damage is done to crops, the farm will be evaluated and the manager of the livestock be compelled to pay.''

Watch this NAIJ.com Video Tv in which 60-yr-old LAWMA worker laments over unpaid salary:

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