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The non-payment of salaries ‘surprising’-Benue legislator

Mr Benjamin Adanyi, former Majority Leader of the Benue House of Assembly, has said that the non-payment of salaries by the state government was “surprising”.

Adanyi told the Newsmen on Tuesday in Makurdi that the state government had collected more than N300 billion from the federation account and had no reason to owe workers

“If you look at the receipts from the federation account from June 2015, N300 billion has accrued to Benue. At the beginning, the state was receiving N3 billion monthly, while the wage bill was N5 billion.

“We defended the governor at that time because the price of crude oil at the international market was less than 40 dollars per barrel.

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“The situation has since changed with improved oil prices; allocations to Benue from the federation account sometimes go beyond N15 billion monthly. To gather this much in the state coffers and still owe salaries is inexplicable,” he said.

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