Bauchi State governor Abdullahi Abubakar in a statement on Wednesday addressed the issue of the ongoing staff verification exercise in the state.
He said that his adminstration embarked on the exercise “in order to ascertain the actual number of workers in both the State and Local Government Services and at the same time sanitize the salary and pension pay rolls”.
His statement read:
I am happy to inform you that the first segment of the verification exercise is over and all outstanding salaries of staff of Local Education authorities have been settled up to March 2016. At the moment we had commenced payment of the salaries for workers in State Service and Local Education Authorities for April, 2016 before a garnishee order was slapped on all the accounts of the State government by an Industrial Court in Jos over the claim of some councilors of Local Governments who served during the regime of Isa Yuguda and also Ahmed Mu’azu. Had we succeeded in completing the payment, Bauchi State would have had only May 2016 salaries as outstanding. This contrary to what the enemies of Bauchi State claim. Therefore only May, 2016 salary is outstanding.
I should however make it clear that Bauchi State is one of the best States as far as payment of staff salaries is concerned. Some States owe their workers up to eight months salaries while in some States the workers are paid half salaries after agreement with their Governments pending when things normalize.
I want to acknowledge that in the course of the verification exercise, we embarked upon, some mistakes were made. Some deliberate and others human. With regards to the human errors I wish to tender our sincere apologies to those who were made to suffer unduly. In respect of the deliberate mistakes, I want to assure you that appropriate disciplinary measures are being taken against the culprits.
I should emphasize that the verification exercise is a policy of the State Government that has came to stay. However, this time around, we will not suspend the payment of salaries. I assure you that the payments of salaries will continue hand in hand with the verification exercise. We will ensure that all aspects of salaries and the verification exercise will continue and will eventually lead to Biometric Data Capture of all workers in the State and Local Government Services as well as pensioners.
Finally, I wish to appreciate the support and understanding so far exhibited by workers, pensioners and the leadership of the organized labour in the State. As we all know, the delay in the payment of workers salaries is a general phenomenon in the country which is brought about by the decline in oil revenue to the Federal government which drastically reduced our monthly statutory allocation. We are all aware that the price of oil in the international market has been on the decline and this together with the activities of vandals who blow up oil pipelines have contributed in putting a lot of pressure on the economy of this country.
Inspite of these challenges, however, I want to assure you that we will continue to discharge our obligations to the people within available resources.
Thank you and may God bless.