Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba State

Hunger imminent in Taraba over 7-month unpaid workers’ salaries: Stakeholders

*Concerned citizens expressed fears that Taraba State of Nigeria ‘is going to be in a hunger crisis… due to this development’ 

*But the issue of local government staff is an exceptional issue, as some of the Council Chairmen have failed to manage the local government resources very well ─Bala Dan Abu, Senior Special Assistant to Governor Darius Ishaku on Media and Publicity

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

For non-payment of Local Government Council staff salaries for seven months in Taraba State by the Governor Darius Ishaku-led administration, affected civil servants have expressed concern about an impending hunger crisis in the North-East state.

The concerned local government staff last received their salaries November 2020, according to Nigerian Tribune report.

A second-class chief in the central zone of the state who solicited anonymity Sunday, July 4 in Jalingo, the state capital, that “this is cropping season; 70 percent of farmers in Taraba are local government staff whom many small-scale farmers depend on to boost their farming activities at every end of the month.

“Our modern way of farming is purely money and the local government staff who are major farmers in Taraba have not received a salary for seven months now.”

The community leader was also quoted to have said: “I am afraid that the state is going to be in a hunger crisis by next year due to this development.

“The possibility of bumper harvest is already 80 percent lost.

Bala Dan Abu, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to Governor Darius Ishaku on Media and Publicity, confirmed the seven months’ non-payment of the salaries of local government workers in the state.

Abu said: “There are challenges all over the country, and many states are not paying salaries. Governor Ishaku is even trying.

“The issue of local government staff is an exceptional issue. Some of the council chairmen have failed to manage the local government resources very well.”

The governor’s media aide, however noted: “I’m not saying the local government chairmen have diverted money, but many of them have been applying for so many things which are affecting the local governments.”

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