2 Dec 2016

Jubilation as PDP governor pays December salary

Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River state yesterday, December 1 paid the December salary of all civil servants in the state, The Nation reports.

The governor had promised to carry out the action during a retreat for political appointees at the Obudu Ranch Resort recently. Ayade had always paid the workers early since he assumed office in May 2015. In May, salaries were paid on the first day to mark Workers’ Day. While last month, salaries were paid on November 15.

Cross River state officially goes on break from December 1 as the state prepares for a month-long carnival and other activities which makes the capital, Calabar, a choice destination for holiday seekers every year. Some workers expressed delight at the early payment of salary ahead of the yuletide, especially as the state got zero allocation from the Federation Account this month.

The governor however urged the workers to be prudent on how they spend their salary, promising that he would be there for them in case they run into any financial difficulty before the end of January.

Last month, Governor Ayade said he was called by God to govern the state to provide the needed dividends of democracy to the people. He made the statement while addressing thousands of his supporters who besieged the Margaret Ekpo International Airport in Calabar to welcome him on his arrival from Abuja.

Meanwhile, in order to boost the tourism potentials of the state, the Cross River state government has concluded plans to float its own airline. According to the state governor, the airline to be called Cally Air would be managed by Dana Group under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement.

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