Governor Ben Ayade

Civil servants in Cross River State have protested the early payment of May salary, which was paid on the first day of the month of May, which used to be workers day.

The governor of the state, Ben Ayade has consistently paid the May salary on the first day of the month in the last three years of his tenure.

The governor has also expressed his administration’s readiness to implement the new minimum wage recently passed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari.

But speaking to journalists on the development, the state chairman of the Trade Union Congress, Clarkson Otu, said workers and the leadership of Labour were unhappy over the early payment of salary.

The labour leader said, even though the government means well his actions, labour leaders in the state were not happy with the situation.

Cross River State Civil Servants Protesting Against Ayade

“As labour leaders, we do not support early salaries payment. We have told the governor that it is not proper. April salary was paid only last week and on May 1st he pays May salary.

“We are surprised he still paid early this month in spite of our protest. We will continue to engage him on that,” he said.

Also, the state Chairman of the Nigerian Labour Congress, Ben Ukpepi, decried the early payment of salaries by the state government. He said the union would engage with the governor with the view to put away such early payment of salaries in the state.

However, speaking through the Secretary to the State Government, Mrs. Tina Agbor, at the May Day rally in Calabar, Ayade pledged to pay the new wage once the modalities were worked out.

The SSG said in spite of the state receiving one of the least revenue allocations from the federation account and being the third most indebted state, Ayade always pays civil servant early.