From Tom Garba, Yola
Former Governor Boni Haruna of Adamawa on Sunday praised Governor Jibrilla Bindow, the current governor of the state for giving priority to the plight of civil servants in the state.
This was contained in a statement by Mr Martins Dickson, Special Assistant to the Adamawa State Governor on Press and Media Affairs and made available to the newsmen in Yola.
“Governance is not only about providing infrastructure but also about taking care of the welfare of the people including the workers who are key to implementing programmes and policies of the government,” Haruna said
Haruna, who is also the immediate past Minister of Youth Development, decried alleged injustice meted out against civil servants by the immediate past administrations in the state.
According to him, the state had more earnings from the Federation Accounts in the past than the present government, and still could not pay the workers their basic entitlement for all these years.
The ex-governor advised the present administration to equally pay attention to workers’ yearly salary increment as well as to implement their promotions.
He also urged the governor to upgrade and ensure the payment and gratuity of retired civil servants as at when due.
He commended the present administration in the state for paying three years arrears of worker’s Leave and Transport Grant (LTG).
It will be recalled that the state government had accessed N9.5 billion as part of its bailout found from the Federal Government to clear a backlog of workers entitlement owed by the previous administrations in the state.
Haruna sai: “Such gesture is very critical in a state like Adamawa since it does not have many industries and the state’s economy relies solely on civil servants. As a former governor of the state, I understands the critical areas that requires urgent and adequate attention, and I can state categorically that Governor Jibrilla Bindow has gotten it right thus far.’’
Haruna advised the governor to focus on bringing development to the state and to ensure that the life of the people is changed for the better.
According to him, what is important now is not party politics but how government could better the living standard of the people.
He also commended the governor for flagging off massive road constructions across the twin cities of Jimeta and Yola.
He added that since he left office, no government had sought to build on his legacies like the present governor.
Haruna therefore called on the people of Adamawa to support the current administration to achieve its vision of transforming the state.
From Tom Garba, Yola