From Abel Leonard, Lafia

In a bid to ensure workers in Nasarawa State celebrate Sallah without financial worries, Governor Abdullahi Sule has announced that the state government will pay June salaries ahead of the festival, scheduled for Sunday, 16 June.

Governor Sule disclosed this decision during an empowerment programme organised by the Commissioner for Special Duties, Humanitarian Affairs, and NGOs, Hon. Margaret Elayo, on Tuesday.

Addressing the gathering, Governor Sule also directed the chairmen of the 13 local government areas in the state to utilise their savings to pay workers’ salaries before the Sallah celebration.

He emphasised the importance of this directive by stating, “The coming Sallah provides the opportunity to test the veracity of the fact that local governments in Nasarawa State have savings in the bank.”

He further explained, “Now that I am seeing a lot of local government chairmen, you won’t say it’s the ALGON chairman that is forcing you. I am happy that I am seeing all of you here. As you all know, Sunday is going to be Sallah day. You have enough savings in accounts that, whether money has come from Abuja or not, you can pay salaries.”

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Governor Sule explained the necessity for local governments to act independently of federal allocations in this instance. “I want you to pay salaries to local government workers from your own savings in the bank. All the times we have been saying it, you have savings. This is the time to test that statement, whether you have savings,” he asserted.

He reiterated that the state government is prepared to meet its obligations without delay. “Let us not wait for money to come from Abuja. The state will pay its own. We don’t have a problem with the state,” Governor Sule stated confidently.

The governor’s directive aims to ensure that workers across the state have the financial means to celebrate Sallah with their families. This move is expected to boost morale and productivity among state and local government employees.

*Daily Sun* gathered that local government chairmen who were present at the event have been urged to comply promptly with this directive. Their response to this call will be closely monitored as an indicator of their financial management capabilities.

Governor Sule’s announcement has been met with positive reactions from the workforce, who expressed relief and gratitude for the timely intervention.

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