By Oladapo Okeowo
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state, on Friday, has declared a state of emergency in the state’s salary payment problem.
The governor has in answer set up a committee to look into the problem and proffer solutions and their implementation.
Ortom made these statements at the New Banquet Hall of the Benue Peoples House while playing hosts to labour leaders.
The declaration, he said, is to signify the government’s salary policy which prioritises payment, and exploration of all means of obtaining funds to clear out arrears.
The committee is made up of members of the government and the labour union.
The members include the Benue state deputy governor Engr. Benson Abounu as chairman, the permanent secretary, Ministry of Finance, Matthew Uyina, the Commissioners of Finance, Justice, Health and Information as well as advisers on labour, local government and chieftaincy affairs.
The labour unions would be represented by Comrade Godwin Anya, the states’s chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Terungwa Igbe, Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) president, Comrade Philip Ter Nongu, and Comrade Ordue Tartenger, Trade Union Congress (TUC) chairman.
Governor Ortom charged the committee with helping prune the wage bill and weeding out ghost workers who are burdening the system.