The Delta State Government through the Office of the Commissioner for Information, has come out in strong terms to rebuff the submission credited by Vanguard Newspapers of the State owing its workers and Pensioners for Eight to Fourteen months salary arrears.
In a widely circulated statement signed by the State commissioner for Information, Mr Patrick Ukah, he classified the report as malicious and tendentious demanding an unreserved apology and immediate retraction of the story from the media organization.
The Statement read thus;
“We read with shock and embarrassment the misleading front page report in the Vanguard Newspaper of Tuesday, November 28, 2017, listing Delta as one of the States owing workers salaries.
For the avoidance of doubt, Delta State Government is not owing its workers. We have paid all our workers to date and we have also consistently given financial support to the Local Government Councils to enable them pay the salaries of their workers.
We consider the report as malicious and tendentious and, therefore, demand an unreserved apology and immediate retraction of the story from The Vanguard.
We urge journalists to always cross check their facts before rushing to the press as such false information undermines good governance.
Despite the economic downturn Delta State Government had consistently paid its workers salaries even as we have continued to excel in infrastructure renewal, job creation and human capital development.”