Workers in Adamawa State have besieged banks and ATMs to make withdrawals as the state government began payment of salary arrears from the Paris Club refund.
The state government had said it dedicated its first tranche of N4.8 billion from the refund to the payment of arrears of salaries of teachers, local government and health workers.
Many of the workers who trooped to the banks were full of praises for the government for fulfilling its promise to pay the arrears.
“I have received my three months salary arrears; two months was paid last week and I just got bank alert for the third month this morning, that’s why I am here,” Aliyu Musa, a teacher said.
“Government must be commended, but they need to take concrete steps to address this problem of teachers’ arrears so that we can be getting our salaries as at when due like workers in the state ministries”.
The state chairman of Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Rodney Nathan, confirmed the payment of the three month salary arrears and urged government to settle the one month salary still outstanding.
“It’s a good one from the government and we hope the problem associated with non-payment of salary has come to an end,” the NUT chairman said.
Umar Shelleng, spokesman of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE, said council workers were paid two month arrears as promised by government.
“We are happy with the development; our members are highly relieved for now,” Mr. Shelleng said.
Also commenting on the development, the State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Dauda Maina, lauded the state government for the steps it took to clear the backlog of salary arrears.
Mr. Maina said local government workers received two out of their three months arrears while teachers and health workers were paid three months out of their four and five months arrears, respectively.
Mr. Maina lauded the state government for utilizing the refund to pay the arrears.
He said that the measure would go a long way in improving government/workers relationship in the state.