Niger state House of Assembly yesterday directed the state government to pay the January salaries of workers in the state immediately.
Member representing Paikoro Constituency in the Niger state House of Assembly, Abdulmalik Kabir who placed the non-payment of salaries under matters of urgent public importance observed that in the past, the state workers received their salaries before the 25th of every month.
He lamented that no explanation or apologies have been given to the state civil servants stating that the explanation given by the state Head of Service was not acceptable.
The Head of Service, Alhaji Mohammed Maude Lapai had earlier announced on the local media that the delay in the payment of Civil Servants salary was due to the ongoing verification exercise.
However, contrary to his declaration, the leader of the consultancy firm in charge of the exercise, Sa’adatu Bakrin-Ottun Sally stated that the ongoing verification exercise does not in any way affect payment of salaries.
She had further explained that there was no basis for not paying civil servants their salary because of the verification.
Abdulmalik in his motion lamented that there is no sign being shown by the government towards the payment of workers salaries, calling on the House to look into the plight of the people and ensure that January salaries are paid immediately.
After deliberation, the Deputy Speaker, Honorable Husseni Ibrahim directed the state government to pay the salaries of civil servants in the state immediately asking the Clerk of the House to relay their decision to the executive.
The House also directed the Chairman, House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Honorable Mohammed Bashir Lokogoma to ensure the implementation of the directive.

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