RIVERS State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, said that his administration was able to pay the salaries of civil servants in June 2018 despite the absence of any release from the Federal Accounts Allocation Committee.
Wike explained that his government was able to pay workers as a result of its careful financial engineering.
The governor, who made this remarks after inspecting some projects on Thursday, said that workers’ welfare remained the top priority of his administration.
“Our business is to pay workers’ salaries, do projects and develop the state. We reasoned; do we because FAAC has not been released, fail to pay workers’ salaries?
“We had to do some financial engineering to accommodate workers’ salaries, while projects are still going on. We came to serve and there are no excuses,” he said.
The governor noted that his administration was built around making Rivers people happy through projects and programmes that would enhance their well-being.
Wike inspected the ongoing construction of the Bonny-Bille-Nembe Jetty that would serve Rivers riverine communities and their Bayelsa neighbours, just as he expressed satisfaction with the quality of work and the percentage completion at the jetty.
He called for the understanding of traders around the premises as they would be relocated to create space for the contractors to conclude the shore protection of the Jetty.