A few days ago, workers for the Benue State Government were treated to a rude shock when they seemed to have received N10 as salary.
When contacted Mr Terver Akase, the Chief Press Secretary, explained as follows:
I spoke with the Benue State Commissioner for Finance, David Olofu and he told me that the alert civil servants of the state received this week is not salary payment but a test-run of the payment system following the biometric verification of late last year and early this year.
Hon. Olofu said before the test-run was carried out, labour union leaders were adequately briefed and they also endorsed the exercise. The Finance Commissioner added that before the alerts were sent to workers, the Ministry made repeated announcements on radio and television stations to create awareness among the workers so they would not mistake the trial for actual payment.