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Outcry forces Delta to suspend screen-before-pay exercise

By Austin Ogwuda
ASABA—FOLLOWING persistent outcry over the manner the screening of workers was carried out before payment of salaries, Delta state government has suspended the exercise for now.

Several ghost workers had been discovered since the screening exercise started in various ministries and departments. .

But in a swift reaction to the latest development, the state branch of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria in a letter of appreciation signed by its Chairman, Comrade Sam Dietake, and State Secretary, Comrade Lucky Edewor, and addressed to the governor, said “we respectfully convey to you our immense gratitude for listening to the cry of labour by suspending the screening of workers in the public service of the state and restoring the early payment of monthly salaries which takes place on or before the 25th day of each month.

“We indeed appreciate your quick response in resolving the issues generated by the biometric screening exercise which had brought untold hardship and indignities upon workers.

The letter further stated that “we would like to assure His Excellency that our trade union is solidly behind the state government in its quest to curb payroll fraud by eliminating ghost workers from the system.

“However, when there is the need to continue the exercise, the screening committee should carry out the exercise in a manner that is humane and devoid of suffering by workers.”


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