Cross Rivers workers protest early payment of salaries
While some states workers are complaining non payment of months salaries in many states of Nigeria, those in Cross Rivers state are protesting early payment of December salary by the state government .
The state government decided to pay the salaries of its workers to prepare them for the festive season, but the state workers are not happy about the decision, prompting protest from them.
It would be the second time they are receiving salaries on the first day of the month, as it also happened in May this year, as Governor Ayade commemorated Workers’ Day celebration.
The angry civil servants, complained that the decision to pay their salaries in advance, would later cause untold hardship as Christmas approaches.
“The state government’s decision to pay December salaries of some civil servants within the first three days of the month will make us suffer in due course,” a top civil servant in the Ministry of Environment, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told the newsmen.
“The government should have employed caution by delaying December salary payments to a later date. Our governor may want to score a political point with this payment, but I think that those of us receiving this money stand to lose fiscally when January comes.”
But one of the governor’s aides, who pleaded anonymity, said: “People are so impossible to please. There are states in this country where salaries are not paid as and when due, but in Cross River State, our governor pays salaries and even pays ahead to cater for special occasions like the Workers’ Day and this Yuletide.
“Instead of applauding him, some people say he shouldn’t have paid. Nigerians are difficult to please.”