Rivers is not broke – Commissioner

The government explained the reason for the delay in the payment of workers July salaries.

The Rivers government on Tuesday dismissed as false and baseless, allegations that workers in the state had not received their July salaries because the government had no money to pay them.

Ibim Semenitari, Commissioner for Information and Communications, blamed the delay on the migration to the ten-digit Nigerian Uniform Banking Account Number (NUBAN) by commercial banks.

She told the News Agency of Nigeria in Port Harcourt that, in spite of the delay, the government had paid workers salaries, except for workers who had accounts with Access bank.

‘’The fact of the matter is that Rivers State Government has paid. It was an issue of migration to the new ten-digit NUBAN numbers, which is a Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) policy on account numbers.’ So, we had a situation where some banks have not provided the new NUBAN numbers to be fed into government’s computerised payroll system,” she said.

“But, as at yesterday, (August 12), Rivers state government has paid workers their July salaries.”

Ms. Semenitari said government was hopeful that workers with Access bank account would get their salaries before the end of this week.

The commissioner urged the people to disregard rumours and allegations by ‘’ mischief makers’’ who want to cause confusion in the state.

“It is not just mischievous; it is irresponsible for people to speak without confirming their facts or verifying it.

“It goes to show that some people want to cause unnecessary conflict in the state and we want Rivers people to ignore them because they do not mean well for the state,’’ she said.

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