It is on record that Governor Ben Ayade on assumption of office made salary payments one of his administration’s cardinal objectives and had followed it with payment of May salary on May Day .But this year, workers in the state got their May salary on April 30, on the eve of May Day, few days after April salary was paid. This was against workers and labour advice.
Protesting the early payment of May salary, the state Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), John Ushie, said:
“We have advised the governor not to be paying salaries like this but he insisted. May be it is his own way of showing that he cares for the people. He feels he should make the life of the people better and he has expressed this by paying a month salary in advance. We believe that salaries should be paid for work done but since he has gone ahead to pay, we can only advise workers to be prudent. He did the same thing last year, but we did not expect he will do the same thing again because he just finished paying April salaries. That is the situation on ground.”