Abdulfatai Abdulsalami, Sokoto
The civil servants in Sokoto have faulted the state government’s claim that it had cleared all February salaries it owes workers in the state.
Our correspondent reports that a section of the civil servants have claimed that they have not received their February 2023 salary.
He further reports that workers of the Umaru Ali Shinkafi Polytechnic Sokoto, in a letter dated March 21, 2023, signed on behalf of the Bursar by Bala M. Namadi, complained to the Accountant General that they had not been paid their February salary.
Similarly, workers of the Shehu Shagari College of Education on Monday, had exclusively told correspondent that most of them have not received their February salary.
The state government, through the Commissioner of Information and Societal Re-orientation, Muhammad Akibu Dalhatu, in a statement made available to newsmen on Monday, said that it has been consistent with the payment of staff salaries.
However, addressing a press conference at the NUJ Press Centre on Tuesday, the workers described the state government’s claim as false.
Addressed by Ibrahim A. Musa, said over 10,000 civil servants were “not yet paid our February, 2023 salary.”
“The statement made by the Honorable Commissioner of Information, that the state government is not owing the civil servants any outstanding salary is FALSE.
‘It is because of the unrealistic statement from the Commissioner, that we are gathered here to inform the people of Sokoto state that they should kindly put us in prayers for the government to, as a matter of urgency, pay us our entitlements.
“For a whole serving commissioner to falsely misinform the citizens on a serious and important life-saving issue like “salary”, we cannot condone.
“We are calling on governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal to come to our aid and pay our February and March salaries.
“We also would like to inform our father, His Eminence the Sultan of Sokoto and all the elders in the state, to assist us in their numerous ways to get our salary paid,” the civil servants pleaded.