. as govt embarks on automated salary payment systemAs Benue State government tries to find solution to the intractable strike embarked upon by primary school teachers in the state, the Special Adviser to Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue State on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Prince Solomon Wombo has disclosed that the state would soon embark on an automated payment system to address the issue of ghost workers.
Prince Wombo, who made the disclosure at a news briefing in Makurdi, the state capital, said the consultant who handled the earlier exercise did not know the process and eventually, leading to more cases of ghost workers.
On the teachers strike, Wombo said deduction from the salaries of political office holders and civil servants from Grade Level 07 to 16 was the appropriate thing to do since efforts to make the national secretariat of NUT see reason to call off the strike failed.
“We informed the national secretariat of our predicament and they insisted we pay at par plus 27 per cent. They took the posture of a union that was not prepared to listen that nothing would make them change their mind,” Wombo maintained.
He urged civil servants in the state to consider the decision of the state government as the best option to save the primary school system in the state from collapsing.
“This is so because the state is largely dependent on the federal allocation as a result of underdevelopment of its revenue sources.
“However, this is not peculiar to our own state, many states are affected,” he said.
He emphasised that the dwindling allocation made it impossible for the state to implement the N18, 000 National Minimum Wage, especially for primary school teachers.