BY SAMA DAGASOYE
Governor Muhammadu Umaru Jibrilla Bindow has faulted the decision he took in borrowing the sum of N5 billion to offset backlog of local government salary arrears.
Bindow who made the position known during a live Hausa radio programme aired by the state government owned radio station anchored by Adamu Katakore noted that he was forced to take the errant decision in order to address a basic requirement of the local government workers that has to do with non payment of salary.
He accused past administrations in the state of bequeathing the backlog of salary arrears despite the huge allocations that accrue to them noting that despite dearth of funds at his disposal, he found it extremely difficult to leave the local government workers in perpetual misery, hence his decision to borrow in order to address their plight.
“I know it is wrong to borrow and pay salary but because of the pitiable conditions of our workers, I have to take the decision to alleviate their suffering despite the fact that I was not responsible for the backlog of unpaid salary arrears.
“Since I straddled the reigns of power, there was never a month I failed to pay workers their salary despite dwindling revenue and the fact that the past administrations who left the salary arrears operated during economic boom,” he said.
In a subtle innuendo targeted against his arch rival and gubernatorial candidate of the PDP, Bindow said “while a previous government in the state earned the sobriquet of ATM for paying backlog of two months salary, my administration completely transformed the state to CBN through the payment of six, four and one months salary arrears simultaneously.”
He added that at no time in history has any state government extends such level of magnanimity to the workers by injecting the sum of N5 billion into the economy, adding that by the token, the state has become a beehive of economic activities as markets were filled to the brim