The Executive Chairman of Orhiomwon Local Government Area of Edo State, Mr. Silvester Okoro says the local government under his leadership has paid up to date salaries of staff of the council.
Mr. Okoro stated this while reacting to Wednesday, January 20th, 2020 (yesterday) protest by some council staff over months of unpaid salary arrears in Benin City.
Mr. Okoro said those protesters were sponsored by some people in the council area to discredit his governmnet and make it look as if his administration has achieved nothing.
“Those protesting cannot even tell you why they are protesting because some of them were asked to come out and protest without knowing the reason,” He said.
He continues, “We are paying old and present salaries. I met 18 months unpaid salary arrears and now we have paid an appreciable level of the old salary”.
He said the issue of salary was not just peculiar to Orhiomwon as a council but cut across the eighteen local government areas of the state.
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“Teachers salary are much and they carry more of our allocation. By the time we get allocation from the state, it will not be enough because the teachers salary is much.
“The Governor, in his wisdom brought a measure of paying teachers since it is a unified work in the state and we all agree to it because that’s the only way the problem of owing teachers can be solved.
“I will not be so ungrateful to God while giving allocation, I will go and embessle it. They voted for me but even after paying the salary, I have done a lot of projects for the 12 wards in the community because I want to bring development to my local government,” He stressed.
The Council boss promised to always do his best for the good of the people of the council area and bring smile to their faces as well as make their dream Loca council area come true.