Cross River Gov, Ben Ayade First To Pay December Salary
The governor of Cross River state, Professor Ben Ayade has surprised civil servants in his state with the payment of their December salaries on Wednesday, December 16.
The civil servants in the state could not contain their joy when they noticed that their December salaries had been paid.
Speaking to Naij.com, Mr Michael Obong of the state’s water corporation said the Prof Ben Ayade’s government have performed excellently well in terms of prioritizing the welfare of the people in the state.
“The governor has tried so far. He is one of a kind. Since he became the governor he has not default to pay our salaries on or before the 25th of every month. We cannot thank him enough for what he has done. This Christmas celebrations will be so great,”Michael Obong said.
Cross River state is the first state to pay December salary despite the financial crises that has engulfed most states in the country.
“Our state governor is the first to pay despite the financial situation in the state. He has even taken workers welfare to a new level by paying as early as on the 16th,” a civil servant in the state, Mr Simeon said.
Mr. Steve Onoh, a civil servant with the Ministry of finance was full of commendation for the governor for what he referred to as his ‘friendly attitude of the governor to civil servants through prompt and early payment of salaries.’
A teacher at Government Secondary School, Uwanse, Mrs Umotong relates her happiness when she first saw her salary adding that she thought her bank was playing pranks with her when she got her salary alert.
In her words: “This has never happened before in the state. Governor Ayade understand the challenges of workers in the state and has demonstrated that he is committed to workers welfare.
“Governor Ayade is the only governor in the country that has exempted some segment of workers from payment of tax. This same governor in the era when his colleague governors are contemplating reducing the work force in their states, has decided to broaden the labour space in Cross River by employing more workers. This man is humane and god- fearing and must be commended and encouraged.”
If this gesture continues, Mrs. Umotong said “workers in the state will continue to rally round the governor.”
According to a press release signed by the governor’s special assistant on media & chief press secretary, Christian Ita, Ayade Senator Florence Ita-Giwa was appointed as the chairman of the Cross River Ports Authority (CRPA) while Kate Henshaw was appointed as appointed as special adviser, Liaison, Lagos.