Succor came the way of staff of the Benue State University Science and Technical College today when Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, ordered the state Finance Commissioner to pay them three months’ salary.
He ordered that the May, June, and July 2015, salaries of the affected staff be paid with immediate effect.
The Governor gave the directive when the staff, led by the principal of the school, Athanasius Awangeh, paid him a courtesy call.
They complained of the non payment of their salaries since July, 2010.
“It’s not fair that you’ve not be paid for all these years because the worker deserves his wages,” Governor Ortom stated.
“I thank God for sustaining you inspite of nonpayment of salaries,” and directed that a minute’s silence be observed for those who lost their lives as a result of the development.
He promised to clear the backlog when the financial fortunes of the state improved.
Earlier, Mr Awangeh had informed the Governor that all the 72 staff of the school had not been paid salaries since July, 2010 for no justifiable reason.
He stated that they had gone to court and obtained consent judgement directing that their salaries and emoluments be paid to no avail hence their appeal to the Governor.
“Because of the above, some of our members have died from stress related illnesses, others are sick and cannot afford medical treatment, our children are out of school,” he disclosed.