By Juliana Agbo , Benue
Civil servants in Benue state have been paid salary for only one month since this year.
The state Governor, Samuel Ortom while speaking during the town-hall meeting for the Igede and Minda people held seperately at College of Education, Oju and
Peoples’ House Makurdi, called on civil servants in the state to embrace agriculture now that the opportunity is available, in order to turn things around for them.
He called on the people to make use of the CBN anchor borrower programme in which over 7b has been made available to boost agricultural production.
If one is to go by the Governor’s speech, Civil servants in Benue may not get this month’s salary.
Governor Ortom warned civil servants of tough times ahead saying the federal revenue allocation to the state has plummeted to a mere N1.5b for the month.
Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, disclosed an increase in the Federal allocation for the month of May.
She said the accrued revenue for the month was N305.128 billion, which is N23.628 billion higher than the N281.500 billion shared on April, largely attributing the increase to improved collections in mineral and non-mineral receipts.
Meanwhile, Civil Servants and Pensioners in the state refer to their unpaid salaries as indefinite fasting, and they are seriously looking up to the governor to break their over four months fast.