No BVN, No March Salary, Al-Makura Tells Workers

Nasarawa State governor, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, on Tuesday disclosed that only workers who have submitted their Bank Verification Numbers (BVN) would be paid March salaries.

Al-Makura stated this in Lafia during what he termed ‘state of the union’ address, noting further that the biometric data capture of civil servants in the state carried out by Skye bank is also ready and would be employed in the salary payment.

The move, he said, is aimed at fishing out ghost workers in the state civil service and check revenue leakages, even as he reiterated his commitment to ensuring the prompt payment of N18, 900 minimum wage to workers.

He affirmed that the state committee on Treasury Single Account (TSA) has reached advanced stage in executing its mandate, saying even extra-ministerial departments and agencies have keyed into the fiscal platform.

Among other issues, the governor assured that bursary for all indigenes of the state in higher institutions has been approved and disbursements would commence in due course.

He revealed further that, as part of its housing policy, the state government has earmarked 13, 000 hectares of land in Karu, along the Abuja corridor, for real estate development which would also serve as a source of revenue for the state.

He said arrangements are underway to convene labour and economic summit aimed at containing and managing the emoluments and benefits of workers in the coming week, explaining further that the state is going into partnership with investors in agriculture and solid mineral development to exploit the rich potential in the state.