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Huh! Civil servants in Cross River protest early payment of December salaries

Mfonobong Akpan

A friend of mine hasn’t been paid for 3 months with no hope in sight, and civil servants in Cross River State protest early payment of salaries. The irony…

On Friday, civil servants in Cross River state condemned the decision of the state governor, Ben Ayade, to pay their December salary on the first day of the month as against the 25th of every month.

Huh! Civil servants in Cross River protest early payment of December salaries

It would be the second time that workers would be receiving salaries on the first day of the month as they had in May 2016 got a similar gesture from the governor in commemoration of the Workers’ Day celebration.

The aggrieved workers said the decision to pay their salaries in advance would later cause untold hardship as the Yuletide approaches.

A top civil servant in the Ministry of Environment, who spoke on condition of anonymity to Punch correspondent, said, “The state government’s decision to pay December salaries of some civil servants within the first three days of the month will make us suffer in due course.

“The government should have employed caution by delaying December salary payments to a later date. Our governor may want to score a political point with this payment, but I think that those of us receiving this money stand to lose fiscally when January comes.”

But one of the governor’s aides, who pleaded anonymity, said the workers should applaud the governor instead of complaining.

Huh! Civil servants in Cross River protest early payment of December salaries

The source said, “People are so impossible to please. There are states in this country where salaries are not paid as and when due, but in Cross River State, our governor pays salaries and even pays ahead to cater for special occasions like the Workers’ Day and this Yuletide.

“Instead of applauding him, some people say he shouldn’t have paid. Nigerians are difficult to please.”

Salaries come late, workers complain; it comes early, they take the streets in protest…

The workers fear it would make them suffer in January… What?

Put the money somewhere out of reach, discipline yourself… Something; not take the streets in protest for such a rare privilege.

I know I would be beside myself with joy.

What is your opinion on the worker’s protest? Do you think they have a point?

Is this gesture by the Cross River State government a wrong move?