AKWA Ibom and Delta state governments have denied and faulted media reports that they are owing workers’ salaries, saying they are up to date with the payment of salaries.
Speaking through the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Charles Udoh, the Akwa Ibom State Government insisted that the government of Governor Udom Emmanuel could not have owed workers’ salaries because the welfare of workers and the generality of Akwa Ibom citizens were of great priority to the government.
“I wish to state categorically that Akwa Ibom does not owe workers’ salaries. Salaries of workers in Akwa Ibom State are promptly paid as at when due. The welfare of workers and the generality of Akwa Ibom citizens are of great priority to the government of Governor Udom Emmanuel,” he said
He argued that the listing of Akwa Ibom as one of the states owing workers salaries was erroneous and misleading, noting that “the information is capable of generating ill will and tension among well-meaning citizens of Akwa Ibom State both at home and in the Diaspora.”
Delta not owing workers salaries
In like manner, Delta State Commissioner for Information, Patrick Ukah, said the state is not owing 8-14 months salary arrears.
‘’For the records, Delta State Government is not owing her workers salaries. We have paid all our workers to date and we have also augmented salaries for local government workers and primary school teachers under their purview. Despite the economic downturn, we have consistently paid our workers salaries even as we have recorded giant strides in infrastructure development,’’ he said.