Taraba state Governor, Darius Dickson Ishaku has appreciated the high sense of maturity as exhibited by Local government workers during their biometric exercise.
Governor Darius Ishaku stated this yesterday when the National Union of Local Government Employees, NULGE Taraba Chapter paid him a thank you visit in his office, Government House Jalingo.
Darius Ishaku said the support State government got from the leadership of NULGE and indeed the entire staff of 16 council Areas confirms their support to rid local government councils in the state from financial recklessness and zero tolerance to irregularities that has permeated the payment of Local government workers salaries in the state.
Governor Darius Ishaku explained that when he started the verification of local government staff, it was vehemently condemned by some people who were outright beneficiaries from such misdeed and expressed happiness that, all staff of local government councils are happy and stressed that, Tarabans are now seeing the benefits of the exercise.
The Governor decried the way and manner some people will have the guts to receive more than one person’s salary monthly and still feel comfortable, describing the trend as cruel and unhealthy towards the development of the state.
Darius Ishaku, however, said monies that would be realised as left over after the payment of salaries would be judiciously channelled to develop the state and challenged the Union Executives to be supportive of his administration so people at the grassroots will reap the dividends of democracy.
He applauded them for being the first Union in the state to pay him a thank you visit in respect to the good work he has done to the staff of local governments.
The Governor thanked the National Secretariat of NULGE for recognising his contribution in the State and thought it wise and nominated him to receive an outstanding leadership award among the Governors in the state.
Darius Ishaku pledged to always be prompt in the payment of salaries in the state and Local government staff for them to be able to take care of their family and dependence, saying that, he is aware that the state is civil service state and promised to donate a bus to the Union to enable them to carry out their activities effectively.
Speaking earlier, the State President of NULGE.
Comrade Naphtali Kefas commended the state Governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku for initiating the biometric exercise for local government workers which has helped maximally in erasing fictitious names from the payment voucher. Comrade Naphtali described the governor as a pragmatic leader that carries everybody along irrespective of tribe, religion and other affiliations.
He appreciated Governor Darius Ishaku for the decision he has taken in order to pay off both State and local government retirees backlogs of pensions and gratuities, stating that, it would encourage civil servants not to be afraid of their retirement period since they are sure of receiving their pensions and gratuities.
Naphtali Kefas told the Governor that the payment of gratuities of local government retirees will significantly towards ameliorating their sufferings. The Unionist assured the Governor of the unalloyed loyalty and support of all local government staff in the state for the administration to succeed.
During the thank you visit, a one minute silence was observed in honour of the former Governor of the state, late Danbaba Danfulani Suntai, Senior Specia A assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity, late Sylvanus Yakubu Giwa and all those that lost their lives during the various crises in some parts of the state.
Solidarity songs were chanted by the NULGE officials as a mark respect and appreciation to the Governor for rescuing the local governments.