Only civil servants with confirmed BVN will receive February Salary — Wike

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that only civil servants  with proven Bank Verification Numbers, BVN,  will receive  salaries  beginning  February as the State Government moves to determine the  actual number  of staff in the employment of the state.

Also,  Governor Wike has approved  the  commencement  of  the  setting up  of the College of Medicine and Teaching Hospital at the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, RSUST.

Speaking  at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Thursday when the Governing Council of the Rivers State Science and
 Technology,  RSUST paid him a courtesy call , Governor Wike said  that  the  monthly wage bill of the state government  stands at N7billion while the monthly pension bill stands at N1.4 billion.

He said : “This month, if you  don’t submit your  BVN  and physically  identify  yourself,  you  will  not be paid . If only 20 staff have their BVN verified physically,  they will be the only staff to be paid.

“With a wage and pension bill of N8.4billion monthly,  the State Government  is determined  to stop all wastages. “

The  governor  also announced  that  the  State Government will no longer  pay the salaries  of primary  and secondary school teachers  of Demonstration Schools of RSUST  and other designated  tertiary  institutions  where pupils and  students pay school  fees.

He added that  the  State Government  has completed  the  payment of salary arrears of recalled  lecturers sacked by the immediate past administration in the State.

He said  that  the  State Government  will support  the  establishment  of  the  College of Medicine and Teaching Hospital for the RSUST   as part of  the  pledge he made  to the people  of  the state.

Earlier, the Pro-Chancellor of the RSUST, Justice Iche Ndu commended Governor Wike for  investing in the development of the university through  development projects and  programmes.

He said  the  approval of  the setting  up  of  the  College of Medicine and the approval of five hospitals for the take off of the Teaching Hospital for the university.


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