Edo State government has reiterated that no worker in the state is owed salary, saying that December salary was paid before Christmas Day.
Reacting to the coalition of tertiary institutions workers who protested along major streets in Benin in December 2015 demanding for their five months salaries owed them by the Edo State government, the state commissioner for Education, Gideon Obakhan said the state government does not owe any of its workers, including workers of the state owned tertiary institutions.
Gideon Obakhan, said yesterday while interacting with some journalists on the issues that Edo State government is one of the few states in Nigeria today that have been able to pay salaries.
“The issue with the coalition of tertiary institutions union is between them and their management. Every month the state government gives subvention to these institutions and they are expected to also generate revenue internally to be able to run the schools.
“I think it is either misunderstandings on how these institutions are run on the part of the coalitions or people are just trying to be mischievous.
“It is untrue that the ministry have not intervened in the crisis between the union and their management. We have had series of meetings in my office where they appealed for support and bailout and in December last year, close to the Christmas period, the governor, in order to reduce the pressure on the workers who were saying the schools have not paid them, approved a bailout for them.”