Governor of Cross River State, Prof. Ben Ayade, last Friday kept to his promise to pay civil servants their monthly salaries promptly by paying their February salary 10 days before the end of the month.
In January, Cross River civil servants’ salaries was paid on the 15th of that month, as was done in December 2015, which prompted the workers to plead with Gov. Ayade to shift payment of their salaries to 25th of each month because 15th was too early.
The governor, however, thought otherwise.
Ayade was of the opinion that changing swiftly from 15th to 25th was going to have a negative impact on civil servants and instead chose to pay February salary on the 19th with the hope that the shift would be gradual until the 25th payment date is achieved.
On assumption of office on May 29, 2015, Governor Ayade promised that his administration would pay salary of workers between 25th and 26th of each month.
While commending the governor’s early payment of salaries, Chairman of Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC), Paddy Ally, said Cross River’s ability to pay workers before the end of every month, at a time most states find it difficult to pay salaries, is no mean achievement.
“Cross Riverians are no fools. We know the difference between night and day, truth and falsehood. One way Governor Ayade will effortlessly hamstring the surreptitious evil plot of the ‘rebels’ is to continue with his good works.
“A good striker is al¬ways an envy of the op¬ponents in the field of play. Distraction is one of the strongest strate¬gies of the foes. God and the good people of Cross River State shall vindicate the governor”, Mr. Ally said.