By Henry Odeh
The executive governor of Borno state, Professor Babagana Zulum has said that he does not consider payment of salaries and pensions as an achievement but debt to workers who have served the state deserve their earnings.
He however, advised workers in the state to reciprocate the state government gesture by been up and doing so that they can earn their wages.
The governor’s comment was contained in a statement made available to journalists by Isa Gusau, his special adviser on public relations and strategy.
The governor stated that payment of salaries is a debt to workers who have served the state adding that payment of salaries is a debt to workers that must be honoured by leaders of good conscience and character.
He said “I have never considered payment of workers’ salaries as achievement but rather as payment of debt, in this case, government paying for the services rendered by law-abiding civil servants who signed contracts with the government as employees to work for hours, days and weeks and be paid for their work at the end of the month. I don’t support anybody disobeying court orders, even if for national security.
“The workers are in government debt when they work, and the government pays that debt by paying salaries. “Payment of debt is never an achievement, it is an obligation and this is why we ensure that before the 26th of every month, workers and pensioners get paid.”
He, however, advised workers in the state to be up and doing so that they can earn their wages.