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“We are going to start in a difficult way”, Plateau Gov Muftwang laments

…Discloses Plateau in ₦11bn salary arrear debt


Plateau State Governor Caleb Mutfwtang has lamented that his administration is going “going to start in a difficult way”.


This is as the government is owing workers in the state about N11 billion in salary arrears.

Mutfwtang made this startling revelation at a town hall meeting organised by the Plateau Radio Television Corporation (PRTVC) in Jos on Monday.

The meeting with the theme: ‘Unpacking the New Vision’ was organised as part of the activities to mark 2023 Democracy Day in the state.

“Out of a wage bill of N2.9 billion for February, only N900 million was paid.

“As of now, I can tell Plateau people without politicking that we are owing salaries up to May to the tune of about ₦11 billion.

“What we have inherited in the coffers of Plateau is ₦1.1 billion and therefore we are going to start in a difficult way,” he said.

He said that he inherited many challenges from the immediate past administration including a strike by the civil service which he has been able to resolve.

Mutfwtang assured residents that the civil service would be re-equipped, re-invigorated and modernized to perform its duties as the engine room of the state.

He said the recent suspension of democratic structures in the 17 LGAs of the state was done in good faith following a recommendation by the Plateau State House of Assembly.

He explained that his administration also suspended the recruitment exercise into the state civil service from Oct.1 2022 till date conducted by his predecessor pending an investigation.

According to him, the step would ensure whether the exercise was conducted in line with due process, with a promise that those found to be properly recruited at the end of the investigation would return to their jobs.

He dismissed as fake news; a story being circulated that he had dissolved the newly established traditional chiefdoms in the state.

“We will await advice from the Plateau State Council of Chiefs and Traditional Rulers and the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs before we take any step if there is need on such matters,” he said.

The governor said that he is currently receiving reports from government agencies to form basis for critical decisions, saying this will enable his administration act in line with public interest and reduce possibility of mistakes.

He also charged the incoming members of PLHA to be inaugurated on Tuesday to be selfless in the discharge of their duties reminding them that many of the state laws are archaic and not fit for the present time, hence they require urgent reviewing.

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