The Executive governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade has paid Cross River workers May salary on the 1st day of the month.
The governor’s move has however led to protest among the workers who don’t seem to be happy with Ayade’s decision.
Ayade has consistently paid the May salary on the first day of the month in the last three years of his tenure, News Agency of Nigeria reports.
Speaking to journalists, the state chairman of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), Clarkson Otu, said workers and the leadership of labour were unhappy over the early payment of salary.
According to the labour leader, even though the government means well, labour was nonetheless not happy with the situation.
“As labour leaders we do not support early salaries payment. We have told the governor that it is not proper. April salary was paid only last week and on May 1st he pays May salary.
“We are surprised he still paid early this month in spite of our protest. We will continue to engage him on that,” he said.
Speaking in a similar vein, the state Chairman of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Ben Ukpepi, decried the early payment of salaries by the state government.
Ukpepi said labour would engage with the governor with a view to putting an end to early payments of salaries in the state.