By James Ezema
Gombe state Government has paid the salaries of all verified workers of the state tertiary institutions, including their outstanding arrears.
The institutions are Gombe state University of Science and Technology, Kumo, College of Education, Billiri, Gombe State Polytechnic, Bajoga, College of Health Technology, Kaltungo and College of Legal and Islamic Studies Nafada.
This is sequel to the directive of Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya that all outstanding salaries of the said institutions be paid immediately by the state Government.
Already staff of University of Science and Technology, Kumo and College of Health Technology, Kaltungo received their salaries earlier before today’s payment of workers of the remaining three institutions, namely College of Education, Billiri, Gombe State Polytechnic, Bajoga and College of Legal and Islamic Studies, Nafada.
It may be recalled that all the newly established state tertiary institutions draw their fundings through a joint arrangement between the state Government and the 11 Local Government Councils on a 55/ 45 per cent ratio. However, the burden of funding such institutions had driven most of the local governments into perpetual debt and insolvent, before the coming of Governor Yahaya’s administration, making them unable to pay even their own staff salaries.
Today, due to the prudent and transparent management of resources as well as cost saving measures, the state Government pays salaries of state and Local governments workers without borrowing from banks as was the case before.
Therefore, in his steadfast commitment to the welfare of the workforce in the state, Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya approved that the state Government should also shoulder the responsibility of the payment of the state higher institutions ‘ salaries and ensure that all staff continue to get their salaries and wages as at when due.