National Industrial Court, NIC, sitting in Jos has frozen the account of the Bauchi State government over debts of N900million owed immediate past councillors.
The State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Barrister Ibrahim Umar, in a live Television programme monitored in Bauchi, confirmed this, stating that the action has made it impossible for civil servants in the state to be paid their salaries before the Ramadan fast.
Nigerian Pilot Saturday recalls that the state government owes workers salaries from January through May this year and was hoping to pay the backlog early this month.
It is also owing some officials allowances and salaries for the month of April and May before the start of the fasting period.
The commissioner explained that salary arrears owed the councillors covers the period of 2008-2011 under the administration of Governor Isah Yuguda, stressing that some of the councillors had dragged the state government to the industrial court demanding payment of their entitlements.
According to him, the plaintiffs had asked the court to freeze the bank accounts of the state government because of the N900million debt owed them and the APC-led government’s inability because of paucity of funds to pay, and were granted their prayers.
He lamented that the affected councillors had failed to pursue their case until now that the APC government came into being.
The commissioner assured that the state government will continue to follow the case to its logical conclusion and urged workers and pensioners in the state to be patient with the state government as every effort was being made to address the situation.

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