I inherited four garnishee orders but owe no salary, Sule boasts
Lawmakers, youths protest against bad Numan/Jalingo road
Nasarawa State Governor Abdullahi Sule has said that despite a garnishee order on the state government’s account, he pays workers their full salaries, including that of July.
Governor Sule disclosed this to journalists who paid him Sallah visit at his Gudi residence on Saturday.
Sule explained that the garnishee order from the Federal High Court 16, Abuja, was given in response to legal action instituted by some pensioners who were not satisfied with his administration’s effort in the payment of gratuity.
He lamented that right from the creation of the state in 1994, there was no provision for gratuity payment, but noted that his government had decided to set aside certain amount for gratuity.
The governor called on the citizens to remain law-abiding, as his administration would leave no stone unturned in ensuring security of lives and property.
BUT in Taraba State, angry youths converged on Jalingo yesterday to protest against the deplorable condition of the Numan/Jalingo road, which they described as death trap.
House of Assembly members representing Jalingo I and II constituencies accompanied the peaceful protesters who wielded placards with inscriptions such as ‘Fix Jalingo/Numan Road’.
Led by Ishaq al-Kasim, the protesters were piqued that the 104km road linking Nasarawa with Gombe, Adamawa, Bauchi and the entire North West states had been left unattended to, a situation, which according to them, has jeopardised the economy of the state.
“A trip on the road now takes at least six hours of dangerous meandering and distant diversions into the adjoining forests and mountains,” he lamented, urging President Muhammadu Buhari to summon the Minister of Works, Babatunde Fashola, and the construction company assigned to fix the road.
Contract sum for the project awarded to Deux Project Limited was reportedly over N11 billion, with July 24, 2017 as commencement date and March 23, 2019 as completion date.
According to the protesters, 16 months after the date set for completion, the project “is still at a miserable 3.33 per cent completion stage as the percentage time lapse is still pegged at 135.”