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“I inherited ’empty coffers’ “



From VICTOR GAI, Jalingo

The Taraba State Governor, Agbu Kefas has boasted that he was able to meet salary and wages obligations in spite of the empty treasury he inherited from the immediate past administration.

Kefas made the disclosure recently, in a speech at a five-day professional development workshop for secretaries of ministries, departments and agencies of Taraba State held in Jalingo, the Taraba State capital.

“Despite the empty coffers we met on the ground, since taking office on May 29, 2023, I have made sure that employee salaries are paid on time.

“In addition to meeting our commitments to pay pensioners, we have also added those who had previously been off the payroll, allowing them to continue receiving their monthly pensions without interruption,” Kefas stated.

The governor who was represented by the Head of Service, Susan Nathan, also promised to embark on an exercise to ascertain the true size of the workforce in the state.

“We will soon conduct a thorough biometric data capture to establish the true size of the workforce, its strengths and limitations, and where to improve through additional employment of our talented young men and women in a transparent manner. In the same vein, we will continue to prioritize employee promotion and welfare,” he added.

According to him, the current training was “a component of the ongoing strategic roadmap to not only reposition the bureaucracy but also to get the staff, especially the secretaries, on board with the objectives and direction that this administration is moving towards to fully implement its development agenda without hindrance from any quarter”.


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