Benue considers modified table payment reform

By Aloysius Umalo, Makurdi

The Benue State Government is to adopt the Modified Table Payment System, which is based on cashless payment to tackle ghost workers and salary padding.

Deputy Governor of the State, Mr Benson Abounu said the system was the only way out of such fraudulent practices hindering regular payment of salaries of civil servants.

The modified table payment system involves a verification exercise which requires the presence of permanent secretaries of ministries, directors as well as unit heads to identify genuine civil servants.

“The genuine workers will instantly be provided with warranty for prompt payment of their salaries. On the other hand, those found wanting alongside their conspirators would be sanctioned accordingly,” Mr Abounu promised.

Mr Abounu who is the Chairman Committee on State of Emergency on Salaries told journalists that through this the staff strength of the state would be authenticated.

Exact wage bill
“By this tactics, the exact wage bill would be determined and monies would be saved for more payments of salaries… When such practices are carried out, salaries would be paid as at when due,’’ Mr Abounu stated.

The Committee on State of Emergency on Salaries had set up a finance team whose responsibility is to source for funds and liaise with individuals as well as organisations to buy off the salary debts of the state.

The Committee says this will ensure that government no longer owes salaries of civil servants.

Mercy Chukwudiebere