By: Valendine Adese and Ifeanyi Okonkwo
Hon. Tamwakat Weli (Mrs.) the Honourable Commissioner of Finance Plateau State has stated that the All Progressive Congress APC administration led by Governor Simon Lalong in the state, is working hard and relentlessly to liquidate the backlog of salaries and pension inherited from the past administration.
The Commissioner, who gave this hint at a Press Briefing today in her office at the State Secretariat, said the state government is compelled to making the clarification because of the rumours making the rounds in and around the state that the APC administration is insensitive to the people of the state, especially the Civil Servants.
Hon. Tamwakat in her press text said, “We are compelled at this point to very clearly correct the rumours and the impression making the rounds that government is insensitive and indifferent to the plight of civil servants and pensioners.
“On the contrary, this administration has left no stone unturned in its efforts to ensure that Civil Servants are paid timely and the dividends of democracy reach the entire citizenry of the state.
“We are proud to announce that the Rescue Administration inherited seven (7) months’ salary arrears of Civil Servants and has been able through hard work and commitment reduced the backlog to one month after May salary arrears are paid.”
Adding, Hon. Tamwakat, appealed to all stakeholders, especially civil servants and pensioners who have not received their past arrears of salaries and pension to be patient, as relief is forthcoming.
She said, “Once again, we implore all stakeholders, especially civil servants and pensioners who have not received their past arrears of salaries and pensions to be patient as relief from the Rescue Administration is forthcoming. The era of arrears will soon be over. We must continue to work together as one people and one family to ensure a future with better quality of life for all of us, as we leave to succeeding generations a strong and economically independent state.”
On the recent loans collected by the state government, the text in part reads:
“The first reward of the Rescue Administration’s efforts was the first tranche of salary bailout paid out earlier to civil servants. The impact of the salary payments from the first tranche was felt across the state economy last quarter of 2015”.
“Therefore, we are determined to bring further relief by paying the second tranche of salary bailout secured from the Federal Government in the sum of N5,232,847,333.65 (Five Billion, Two Hundred and Thirty Two Million, Eight Hundred and Sixty Five Kobo) only to offset the outstanding salaries for State and Local Governments. As you may recall, the Executive Governor of the state, Rt. Hon. S.B. Lalong, recently constituted a seven-man committee to handle this very important task.
“The Committee has been able to ensure that the bailout fund is judiciously used for the purpose it is meant for, which is strictly for salaries. The arrears of March and April Salaries were paid during the just ended Sallah break.”