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JUST IN; Why we cant pay December salaries to workers – Government opens up

Garnishing court orders has been given as the reason why December salaries in Benue State cant be paid by the Government.

Benue State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mrs Ngunan Adingi disclosed this on Thursday when she briefed newsmen at the Benue peoples House in Markurdi.

She said that the order by the court has grounded all government’s activities, and as a result delayed the payment of salaries.

The Commissioner said, “Some aggrieved non-indigenes working in the state who were redeployed to their states in 2007 under the State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, took the State Government to court to protest the action.”

“Consequently in 2008, the court in the case between Juliana Igweka and 95 others vs SUBEB and Attorney General of Benue State, declared that the affected persons be reinstated in the civil service, that counsels to the applicants, in turn, went back to court asking for monetary compensation, which was not part of the original judgment.”

“But when the applicants failed to get the courts to do their wish in the state, they went to different courts in Nasarawa and Federal Capital Territory to secure garnishee orders on all accounts of the state which was served yesterday (Friday), thereby crippling all government activities, including payment of salaries.”

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