By: Our Correspondent
MAIDUGURI, North-East, Nigeria – Workers and pensioners in Borno State will celebrate this Christmas with smiles as December salaries and pensions have started hitting their bank accounts.
This follows a directive by the state governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum, that no affected Christian should celebrate Wednesday’s Christmas without December salary or pension.
According to spokesman of the Governor, Mallam Isa Gusau, this directive is to ensure Christians are enabled to prepare for this Christmas better and on time.
Gusau, in a statement on Wednesday, added that the directive was in line with the Governor’s consistency in the prompt payment of workers salaries which has never been in default.
“Governor Zulum has always considered payment of salaries not as achievement but as payment of debt, in this case, government paying for services rendered by law abiding civil servants contracted to work. It is public knowledge that salaries of workers in Borno have regularly been paid before 26th of every month.
“For December however, Professor Zulum, in line with a tradition of releasing salaries ahead of religious festivals, directed relevant government officials to ensure workers and pensioners were paid before 20th of December.
“The Governor’s directive has been complied with and workers have started receiving credit alerts from their respective banks since Tuesday.”
He said the governor wishes all Christians a wonderful Christmas, while assuring them of continued efforts in safeguarding lives and property of all in the state.