Benue says N42bn intervention fund inadequate to clear salary arrears

Benue sets for a massive cut in workforce to reduce salary bill

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has said the federal intervention fund received so far by his administration is grossly inadequate, to clear the backlog of salary and allowances.

The Governor speaking at the inauguration of the provinces of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Gboko and Makurdi, said funds totalling N49 billion had so far been received from federal bailout and Paris Loan Refund, in the past two years.

Ortom, however, said that his administration on assuming office on May 29, 2015, inherited N69 billion salary, pensions and gratuity arrears, as well as a monthly salary bill of N8.5 billion.

The governor explained that although the inherited monthly salary bill had been reduced to N7.8 billion, after biometric verification of workers, it is still on a high side, considering the salary bills of states like Kaduna, Ogun and Kano.

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