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Unpaid Salaries: Rivers Workers To Smile Soon

The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has directed the immediate payment of April salaries and allowances of workers in the State.

Governor Wike, who gave the directive at the 2016 Workers’ day celebration in Port Harcourt, said the slight delay on the April workers’ salaries was as a result of the ongoing verification exercise, which he said will definitely be resolved immediately after the public holiday.

Wike, represented by his Deputy, Ipalibo Banigo commended workers in the State for their cooperation and support in the ongoing verification and staff identification exercise.

Banigo, while appealing to workers in the State for their continued understanding on the challenging task of rebuilding Rivers State, noted that the request made by the Labour leaders currently affecting workers in the State will be forwarded to the Governor of Rivers State and will be addressed.

She said, “His Excellency has directed that payments of April, 2016 salaries and allowances will commence on Tuesday. The slight delay in April salaries occasioned by the staff identification biometric exercise will definitely be resolved immediately after this public holiday.”

Earlier, in her speech the State chairperson of Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Beatrice Itubo while assuring the State Government of the unflinching support and cooperation of workers in the State, appealed to the Rivers State Government to consider the payment of salaries of staff of the Rivers State Sustainable Development Agency, RSSDA, Greater Port Harcourt City Development Authority, arrears owed TIMARIV workers before the Agency was disbanded as well as Civil Servants in various categories in the twenty three Local Government Councils.

The State Chairman of Trade Union Congress, TUC, Chika Onuegbu had commended the Rivers State Government for using Bank Verification number to eliminate duplicate personnel and ghost workers in the State.

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