The 3-day retreat organized by the Cross River State Governor His Excellency Sen. Prof. Ben Ayade with the theme: “Vision, Mission, Style and Strategies of Ayade’s Government” at the Obudu Mountain Resort for Political Appointees ended in dramatic note when the Deputy Governor Prof. Ivara Esu joined other Public Servants to beg the governor not to pay workers salary on the 1st of December as was announced when he made his closing remarks at the event, a reversal to what is obtained in the past when workers in many states of the Federation plead for their emolument to be paid in arrears after many months of being owed by those in authority.
Governor Ayade who had dropped the piece of good news of his plans to pay the next month salary of workers in the state on the 1st of December to enable them make early shopping for Xmas was taken aback when the announcement was met with shouts of No! No!.
Governor Ayade who was surprised and amused that the protest against early payment of December salary was led by his Deputy Governor Prof. Esu who incidentally sat next to him, resorted to a democratic process by asking the retreat participants to vote.
The Governor who took charge of the process himself took voice vote to determine the appropriate date for the payment and eventually 15th December was unanimously agreed after the participants or voters rejected 1st and 10th of December as payment options.
Governor Ayade who later expressed his appreciation to all for attending the 3 –days retreat noted that for a new Cross River to emerge all appointees must add value to the administration by being honest, hardworking and imbibe the philosophy of his government.
The Governor who conducted a similar exercise for payment in other months of the year where 25th of every month was voted for as salary payment date stressed that his administration is passionate about the welfare of the people adding that the expansion of government and regular payment of salaries was deliberate at this time of recession to banish hunger and poverty from the land.
It would be recalled that since assumption of office last year by the present administration workers’ salary had been paid regularly not later than 25th of every month and a novelty was even introduced when workers salary was paid on the 1st of May this year while they were in the Calabar stadium cerebrating the May Day Workers event even as the state remained 35th out of 36 on the allocation index of the Federal Government.