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Shettima ‘I haven’t owed salaries in 5 years,’ Borno governor says

Shettima made the disclosure while hosting members of the Borno Elders Forum and the Business Community in the State to dinner at the Government House on Monday, June 20, 2016.

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Borno Governor, Kashim Shettima

(Guardian)

The Borno State Government has not owed salaries in five years despite grappling with the Boko Haram insurgency, Governor Kashim Shettima has said.

Shettima made the disclosure while hosting members of the Borno Elders Forum and the Business Community in the State to dinner at the Government House on Monday, June 20, 2016.

“Ordinarily, I don’t consider payment of salaries as achievement because salaries are debts, people worked and should be paid. However, in today’s Nigeria, payment of salaries has become rare and this makes it an achievement especially for a state like Borno that which has been battling with serious security challenges and spending billions over that. Well, we have sustained payment of salaries for an economic reason,” Shettima said.

“It is elementary knowledge that salaries of workers mostly stimulate local economies especially in a situation where export is cut and there is gross decline in the number of persons coming into the State not to talk of doing business.

“We made it a duty to inject funds into the system through prompt payment of salaries by 25th of every month even while we were dealing with serious crisis of rebuilding communities from 2011 to date.

“We had to pay salaries because workers were at a point the only buyers of commodities, traders relied on salaries for the economy to be active. We had to consistently inject N2.6 billion for salaries of workers every month and that money circulated around markets.

“The money was what was going in circles from markets to the transport system, to the banking sector and to payment of other services. It was the salaries that held Borno’s local economy because nothing was happening before 2015, our exporters couldn’t go anywhere, whatever our traders brought in could only be bought when money circulated and salaries ensured that circulation” the Governor added.

Borno has suffered the worst of the Boko Haram insurgency which has left many Nigerians dead and several others homeless.

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