The Benue state share of the FAAC allocation for the month of January 2018 – N8.32bn – is the highest the state has gotten since 2013 for the month of January.
Could this be a harbinger that Benue workers will finally sigh a heave of relief this year?
Public workers in the state are struggling to come to terms with the state’s government inability to pay them their salaries where they are being owed several months.
Last year, the state government got over N85 billion but continued to owe the workers’ salaries between 7-10 months.
Attempts to pay the 2018 January salary in state ended in another controversy that has continue to cast doubt over the state government government ability to deal with the issue.
The inability to pay salaries have been the utmost challenge confronting the Ortom government and seems to be running out of ideas on how to tackle the issues.
Governor Samuel Ortom has put the blame on a controversial ‘ghost workers’ cabal rooted in the state.
And with the governorship election coming up next year, how the state government deal with the salary crises vis-a-vis its political interest will matter a lot to the state public workers who may just have to ready for whatever lies ahead.