Benue State Governor Gabriel Suswam says if the economic crisis in the country continues unabated, many state governments may shut down next year.
Suswam said this while reacting to questions raised over the non-payment of workers’ salaries in the state. He lamented the falling crude oil prices, which he noted has contributed greatly to the economic situation of the country.
“…if the crisis continues, I’m sure so many states will be grounded next year,” said Suswam through his media aide, James Uloko.
Explaining the precarious situation further, the governor cited the month of October as an example of the reality on ground. The wage bill of state workers stands at over N3 billion while the October allocation was N2.7 billion, so he asked; “where do we make up the difference?”
He however said the non-payment of salary was the situation in several states. He therefore called for a drastic measure to be taken to save the current situation, and urged the workers to bear with the state.
Speaking on his political future, Suswam dismissed reports he may leave the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) due to the automatic ticket granted serving senators, which may have thwarted his plan of running for Senate. He however said that he had already been screened to contest the senatorial seat for Benue North-East district, in line with the tenets of true democracy. He noted that giving automatic ticket is undemocratic and President Goodluck Jonathan, who is a true democrat would not indulge in such act.