- The former majority leader of the Benue House of Assembly, Benjamin Adanyi, says the state govt has no reason to owe workers
- He said a look at the receipts from the federation account from June 2015, shows that N300 billion has accrued to Benue
- According to Adanyi, to gather this much in the state coffers and still owe salaries is inexplicable
Benjamin Adanyi, former majority leader of the Benue House of Assembly, has said that the non-payment of salaries by the state government is “surprising”.
Adanyi told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday, August 14, in Makurdi, that the state government had collected more than N300 billion from the federation account and had no reason to owe workers.
“If you look at the receipts from the federation account from June 2015, N300 billion has accrued to Benue. At the beginning, the state was receiving N3 billion monthly, while the wage bill was N5 billion.
“We defended the governor at that time because the price of crude oil at the international market was less than 40 dollars per barrel.
“The situation has since changed with improved oil prices; allocations to Benue from the federation account sometimes go beyond N15 billion monthly. To gather this much in the state coffers and still owe salaries is inexplicable,” he said.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue chided opposition elements in the state for playing politics with issues concerning the wage bill of its workers.
The governor, who constituted a committee led by his deputy, Benson Abounu, to prune down the state's wage bill from N7.8 billion to N4.5 billion, vowed that his government will carry out the exercise, despite the distractions.
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