Workers in Taraba State on Tuesday appealed to Governor Darius Ishaku to clear all their outstanding salaries, gratuities of retired local government workers and civil servants in the state.

Comrade Victor Olatunde who is the State Chairman of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), appealed on behalf of workers in the state at the Jolly Nyame Stadium during the workers day celebration in Jalingo.

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Olatunde advice the state government to set up special funds to address the challenges of outstanding gratuities and salaries of local government workers, most especially teachers in the state.

He commended the state government for consistency in the payment of state workers’ salaries and pensions and for embarking on projects in the state, but insisted that a worker deserves his wage and the backlog of gratuities and salaries of local government workers and teachers should be cleared. 

Governor Darius Ishaku, represented by his Deputy, Engr.  Haruna Manu said the inability of the state government to clear the backlog of pension and gratuities was because of the current economic realities facing the nation. 

Ishaku commended the workers for exhibiting high sense of discipline and urged them to support the government in building a state that they could bequeath to their children as legacy they could be proud of. 

Head of State Civil Service, Simon Angyu had recently said the shortfall in revenue allocation and the need to pay salaries as at when due were the reasons the state government was owing retirees N11 billion gratuity.

Angyu explained that though the government was promptly paying salaries, pension and other entitlements of workers, payment of gratuity to retirees was a challenge, but noted that the backlog of gratuity would be cleared as soon as the economy of the state improve.

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