Why Benue can’t pay workers’ December salary ― Commissioner – Punch Newspapers

John Charles, Makurdi

Civil servants in the state of Benue should celebrate Christmas without pay.

Giving the reason for not paying the December salary to her civil servants, the state commissioner for information culture and tourism, Ms. Ngunan Adingi, said that the government accounts were decorated according to court orders.

Adingi, who told reporters at the Benue House of Peoples in Makurdi on Thursday, regretted that the court order established the government’s activities.

She explained that an order to conceal state accounts had been secured in various courts in Nasarawa and Abuja.

The commissioner said, “Some damaged non-indigenous people working in the state and redeployed to their states in 2007 under the state board for universal primary education, SUBEB, took the state government to court in protest of the action.

“Accordingly, in 2008, the court in the case between Juliana Igweke and 95 other persons against SUBEB and the Attorney General of the State of Benue declared that the affected persons would be returned to the civil service,” adding that the applicants’ advisers returned in return. back. court seeking pecuniary compensation, which was not part of the original judgment.

“But when the applicants failed to have the courts fulfill their wishes in the state, they went to various courts in Nasarawa and the federal capital to secure garnish orders on all state bills served yesterday (Friday), crippling all government activities, including payment of salaries. “

Highlighting the order, Attorney General and Justice Commissioner Michael Gus described the verdict as false, saying the courts have no jurisdiction to consider the matter.

Gusa noted that the state government has initiated proceedings to revoke the garrison order as soon as possible, stressing that the government will also turn to the National Judicial Council for necessary action against the judges involved.