By Anthony Maliki
Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, has approved N726, 893, 530.92, as payment of outstanding August 2016 salary arrears owed civil servants in the state.
The approval was contained in a press release issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Nasarawa State Government, Mallam Ibrahim Addra, issued to the media in Lafia, on Wednesday.
According to the statement, the Governor approved the amount, as fulfilment of an earlier agreement entered into with members of the organized labour in the state, with the salary arrears to be paid in three instalments commencing from.January to March 2021.
Mallam Addra said the gesture by his principal was in line with the policy thrust of the Engineer Abdullahi Sule administration, to adequately address matters of welfare of civil servants in the state.
The statement added that out of the total salary arrears amounting to N726, 893, 530.92, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST) has the highest amount of N498, 845, 032.26, while the remaining Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) have N228, 048, 498.66.
It stated further that payment of the arrears will be made in cash.
‘The Sule-led administration will continue to honour its agreements, while placing priority on welfare and development of its work force for better Nasarawa State,” the CPS stated.