Thursday, 21 April 2016

PLATEAU STATE: JUDICIARY WORKERS’ PLIGHT TAKES A NEW DIMENSION



By: Valentine Adese, Alfred Saiki and Ifeanyi Okonkwo

The plight of Judiciary workers in Plateau State has taken a new dimension, as most of the workers have been directed to face another screening process with respect to their Bank Verification Number (BVN) details and other related issues before the payment of their salaries.


Reports making the rounds have it that, the All Progressive Congress (APC) administration has not been able to pay the workers because, “most of their Bank Verification Number (BVN) details earlier submitted may not have been correct.”

A close check by REALITY reveals that, the Judiciary workers have been notified by the state Ministry of Finance to check up their names at the Judiciary Notice Board.


At the board, REALITY discovered that 250 state Judiciary workers have already been affected by this development and most of them have not received their salaries since January, 2016 to date.

From the details, 22 staff have no BVN, 4 have invalid BVN, one person has one BVN to multiple accounts and 258 accounts had invalid details.

The workers are already facing the screening panel headed by a retired Judge of the state, Hon. Justice Hussaini Abdullahi Othman.

However, REALITY finding also reveals that why most of the workers are in difficulty is because most of them use the Bank of Agric and Micro Finance Banks in the state that hardly have anything to do with BVN.

“We want you to know that the forms to fill our BVN was issued to us on the 4th April, 2016 and was signed by the Commissioner of Finance herself. How does this become responsible for our not been paid our salaries since January. Kindly ask Government for us!” Aggrieved workers told our correspondent at the Plateau State High court complex.

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