By Richard Ndoma, Calabar
Following President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive that state governors should pay their workers December salaries, civil servants in Cross River State have reasons to smile as the State governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, today commenced the payment of December salaries for the state’s workforce.
This is not the first time the Professor Ben Ayade- led administration in the state is paying salaries ahead of time.
A statement issued in Calabar on Thursday by the Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Media, Mr. christian Ita, stated that the governor’s decision is to forestall the strains occasioned by a hike in prices of commodities during Christmas.
He said the early payment of December salaries was meant to enable workers in the state make their Christmas purchases before the usual hike in prices of commodities that occasions Christian festival.
“His Excellency, Professor Ben Ayade believes that paying December salaries early will help workers shop for Christmas before the usual hike in prices during Christmas”.
This, according to the statement, is a strategy to ensure value for money.
“Although the last time the state got federal allocation was way back in October, the workers-friendly governor decided to pay December salaries early as a show of his underlying love for the workers”, the statement concluded.