Gov. Lalong praises Buhari for approving N5bn for payment of workers’ salary arrears

Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau has praised President Muhammadu Buhari for approving the state’s balance ofN5 billion
bailout funds for the payment of workers’ three months’ outstanding salaries.
Lalong gave the commendation while fielding questions from State House correspondents on Friday, after a closed door meeting with President Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
According to him, the state government has commenced the payment of the outstanding salaries to the workers.
“I came to thank the President for approving the balance of bail out of N5billion for Plateau. “I kept on drumming it politicians were saying no we do not have any money outstanding.
“Mr President approved the money on the eve of his departure to London.
“I got an approval for the balance of N5billion for plateau which has been drawn for the payment of their balance of arrears.
“What we have is balance of arrears on the plateau.
“I have paid and we have about three months and right now, yesterday and today the workers are being paid the balance of their salaries.
“So, after salary for a Plateau man, he is no longer annoyed with anything. He would allow government to run unhindered.
“So, that was what they were trying to use during the grazing reserve because people were hungry because of lack of salaries.
“They first drummed the issue of salaries that we will not be able to pay the arrears but today, we have the (monies) balance and we are paying them the arrears of salaries.
“They jumped to issue of grazing reserves but by God’s grace, that will not be a problem to Plateau.’’
On the reported protest by some youths over the issue of grazing reserve, the governor said that the state government had no plan to establish grazing reserve.
He, however, disclosed that arrangements had reached an advanced stage to establish ranches for modern animal husbandry in the state.

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