The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Ishola Michael Adeyemi, who was reacting to a sermon in one of the Eid mosques in Bauchi metropolis, said the message was aimed as causing disaffection between the workers and the government. Adeyemi, in a statement said the state government ensured that all workers were paid, and that those who could not receive their salaries should blame it on the public holiday.
He added that in its move to ensure that salaries were promptly paid, the government introduced the e-payment system, which according to him is to the advantage of the workers. He maintained that at close of work on Wednesday, 35 ministries, departments and agencies had been paid their salaries.
“In August, the government paid the salary of all workers before the Eid-el Fitri celebration. Our government has a very cordial working relationship with its workforce and the labour union in the state will do everything possible to maintain such,” he said.
The statement further called on religious leaders/ preachers to always preach peace and use words that will promote peaceful coexistence, rather than indulge in politics of bitterness and rumour mongering which could lead to the breach of the peace.
While assuring that it will continue to allow freedom of speech and practice of religion, the state government maintained that it will not tolerate preachers who fan embers of disunity among the people of the state.