There was great jubilation in Cross River state yesterday as Governor Ben Ayade paid all civil servants in the state their December salary.
Governor Ayade, had hinted at a retreat for political appointees at the Obudu Ranch Resort that the December salary would be paid on the first day of the month.
The governor had always paid the workers early since he assumed office in May 2015 . Last month, salaries were paid as early as November 15. In May, the governor paid workers’ salaries on the first day to mark Workers’ Day.
Some workers expressed delight at the early payment of salary ahead of the yuletide, especially as the state got zero allocation from the Federation Account this month.
Governor Ben Ayade said on early payment of salary:
“Any governor can pay salary on the 25th of every month. For me, that is not what I like because it is not challenging. It is nothing extraordinary.”
The governor, however, urged the workers to be prudent on how they spend their salary, promising that he would be there for them in case they run into any financial difficulty before the end of January.
Cross River state officially goes on break from December 1 as the state prepares for a month-long carnival and other activities which makes the capital, Calabar, a choice destination for holiday seekers every year.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government has deducted as high as 50% cuts in the November salaries of civil servants in ministries, departments and government parastatals.
FG blamed the deductions on tax, pensions and national housing funds which were all formerly based on consolidated fund but had all affected staff gross salaries for November, 2016.
This action by the government without any forewarning has left civil servants lamenting especially at a time like this given the current economic recession and preparations for the yuletide season.