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Delta Not Owing Workers’ Salaries, Says Information Commissioner

By Kenneth Orusi, The Nigerian Voice, Asaba
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The Delta State government has said that it does not owe salaries of workers, stressing that the state has cleared workers’ salaries till date.

In a press statement made available to newsmen Tuesday, by the Commissioner of Information, Patrick Ukah, who expressed dismay over report from a daily newspaper of the state government owing salary, describing it as leading.

His words: “We read with shock and embarrassment the misleading front page report in the Vanguard Newspaper of Tuesday, November 28, 2017, listing Delta as one of the States owing workers’ salaries.

“For the avoidance of doubt, Delta State Government does not owe its workers. We have paid all our workers to date and we have also consistently given financial support to the Local Government Councils to enable them pay the salaries of their workers.

“We consider the report as malicious and tendentious and, therefore, demand an unreserved apology and immediate retraction of the story from The Vanguard.

“We urge journalists to always cross check their facts before rushing to the press as such false information undermines good governance.

“Despite the economic downturn Delta State Government had consistently paid its workers’ salaries even as we have continued to excel in infrastructure renewal, job creation and human capital development”, the release added.