By Unue Emeka,
Delta State government has denied owing workers in the state salary arrears, describing the report published by a national daily misleading and malicious, therefore calling for the retraction of the story.
The state government in a press release signed by the State Commissioner for Information, Mr Patrick Ukah, while reacting to a story published on front page in the Vanguard listing Delta state as one the state owning workers salaries, said the report was embarrassing.
According to Ukah; “for the avoidance of doubt, Delta State Government does not owe its workers. We have paid all our workers to date and we have also consistently given financial support to the Local Government Councils to enable them pay the salaries of their workers.
“We consider the report as malicious and tendentious and, therefore, demand an unreserved apology and immediate retraction of the story from The Vanguard.
“We urge journalists to always cross check their facts before rushing to the press as such false information undermines good governance.
‘Despite the economic downturn Delta State Government had consistently paid its workers salaries even as we have continued to excel in infrastructure renewal, job creation and human capital development.” He added.