Gov Alia pays 7 months’ salary arrears, 13th month, others for BIPC staff

Benue state governor Hyacinth Iormem Alia has approved the payment of seven months’ salary arrears owed to staff of the Benue Investment and Property Company (BIPC).

The governor also approved end-of-year special bonus, otherwise known as “13th month salary,” as well as four months’ allowances for all the staffers of the Company “in the spirit of the yuletide season.”

This is the first time a governor of Benue will be paying ‘13th month salary’ to the staff of a Company or other civil servants.

The gesture resulted in wild jubilations by the management and staff of the BIPC, who commended the governor over what they described the “first of its kind in the history of the Company.”

In a statement released Friday in Makurdi, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of BIPC, Dr. Raymond Asemakaha, expressed gratitude to the governor for “putting smiles on the faces of the staffers and brightening the atmosphere of the workplace,” adding that “there is no better motivation than this.”

He particularly thanked the governor for believing in his leadership and the “ability of the members of staff to transform the Company into a global investment destination with ease of doing business.”

He called on all staff members to give their best “in utmost dedication to duty as a response to the kind gesture” extended to them by the governor.

A staff of the Company who gave her name as Faith Wanger expressed gratitude to the governor, saying “the payment of arrears, will apart from catering for the needs of the family during the yuletide, go a long way in settling school fees of the children at resumption of school after the festive period and ease transportation cost to work.”