I’ve Not Owed Workers’ Salaries In Five Years Despite Insurgency In Borno – Gov. Shettima

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I’ve Not Owed Workers’ Salaries In Five Years Despite Insurgency In Borno – Gov. Shettima

Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno

State has disclosed that workers in the

state have been receiving their salaries

in the last five years despite the Boko

Haram insurgency and current

economic realities in the country.

He said the state was able to prioritize

workers’ welfare in the last five

years, despite suffering immense losses

as a result of the insurgency.

Gov. Shettima, who former Vice

President Atiku Abubakar recently said

could have been the best governor in

the country but for the Boko Haram

insurgency, spoke when he hosted

members of the Borno Elders Forum

and the Business Community in the

State for Ramadan Iftar, at the

Government House.

Opening up on the challenges of

providing N2.6billion monthly to pay

workers’ salaries, seeing to the

welfare of internally displaced persons

and carrying out reconstruction of

infrastructure destroyed by Boko

Haram in the last five years, the

governor said it was a rare feat.

“Ordinarily, I don’t consider

payment of salaries as achievement

because salaries are debts, people

worked and should be paid. However,

in today’s Nigeria, payment of

salaries has become rare and this

makes it an achievement especially for

a state like Borno that which has been

battling with serious security

challenges and spending billions over

that. Well, we have sustained payment

of salaries for an economic reason.

“It is elementary knowledge that

salaries of workers mostly stimulate

local economies especially in a situation

where export is cut and there is gross

decline in the number of persons

coming into the State not to talk of

doing business. We made it a duty to

inject funds into the system through

prompt payment of salaries by 25th of

every month even while we were

dealing with serious crisis of rebuilding

communities from 2011 to date.

“We had to pay salaries because

workers were at a point the only

buyers of commodities, traders relied

on salaries for the economy to be

active. We had to consistently inject

N2.6 billion for salaries of workers

every month and that money circulated

around markets. The money was what

was going in circles from markets to

the transport system, to the banking

sector and to payment of other

services.

It was the salaries that held Borno’s

local economy because nothing was

happening before 2015, our exporters

couldn’t go anywhere, whatever our

traders brought in could only be

bought when money circulated and

salaries ensured that circulation”, the

governor said.

Mr. Shettima further stated that there

were times the state had to top as

much as N700 million on the monthly

revenue from the Federation Account

of N1.9b to pay salaries.

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