Benue State Governor, Dr. Samuel Ortom, has pleaded with civil servants in the state to be patient with the government as measures are being put in place to ensure the salary arrears owed them aare paid.
The governor made the appeal on monday, through his Special Adviser on Assembly matters, Hon. Moses Oduh, during a town hall meeting with stakeholders at Otukpa, Ogbadibo LGA, the governor assured that the outstanding salaries of civil servants in the state, would be paid before December 2017.
The State Chairman of All Progressive Congress, Comrade Abba Yaro, also petioned thecivil servants to be give the government some time, as they would tackle every form of corrupt practices that have caused the challenges faced in the state.
Also speaking at the event, the Ad’Ogbadibo, Prince Agbo Enenche, former Chief Medical Director of federal medical centre, Makurdi, Dr. Mattias Oyigeya and Mr. Emmanuel Abbah, appealed to the civil servants to exercise patience, noting that embarking on a strike action would not be the best step to take in combating the present situation.
In their separate reactions, the Chairman of National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Comrade Sunday Ajuwa, the Chairman of National Union of Teachers (NUT), Comrade Sule Ekele and the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) counterpart, Mr Ujah Adeyi, pleaded with the State government to accelerate the steps being taken to ensure the payment of arrears of salaries, in order to restore hope and assurance to the people of the state.