Adamawa government to sue Zenith bank over April salary: A guinness book of Bindow’s “digital” gimmick -Literary critic
The Periscope Global reporter
* The bank may take the overzealous government to Zenith for libel before the law – Poet
Reacting to a threat by the Bindow led Adamawa government through Mr. Bala Sanga the state attorney general and commissioner of Justice, that it would institute legal action against Zenith bank over refusal to honour request for overdraft to augment for the payment of April salary as a violation of agreement, a senior staff with the Zenith bank, said that Adamawa government should rather reconcile with the committee on inauguration and the governor elect for any financial transaction to be authenticated with the bank.
“We read, while owning up responsibility for the delay in the payment of April salary, the Adamawa commissioner for information said there was little problem to be sorted out between the Bindow led government and our bank. The truth is, Zenith bank hasn’t got any transactional problem with any government.
“The group that would want to instigate workers to occupy Zenith bank in protest over non the delay in the payment of April salary, should rather find where they ought to occupy because bank is a not a the government under which they are being employed to serve. Suffices to say that Adamawa workers have no issue with the Zenith Bank.
“For doing what even the critics would have done, Mr. Caleb Myebangara, our Branch manager was castigated and accused of taking side that could amount to being rewarded with the appointment of the office of commissioner of finance. The unfounded allegation is rather libellous,” the banker said responding to the Periscope Global reporter.
Mr. Caleb Myebangara the Zenith bank branch manager, was not in the office when the Periscope Global investigative reporters visited the bank Thursday. His line was not going through either. However, anonymous subordinate, though unofficially, told our reporters that it was unlikely, Mr. Caleb would be willing to have audience for a media mediation.
A literary critic Yunusa Abubakar, articulated that the threat launched on the Zenith bank for declining to respond to the overdraft request by Adamawa government, to be able to pay April salary, was but a metaphoric exhibition, in Kannywoodean terms, of a guinness book of Bindow led government’s gimmick.
“What do you expect from a government that placed high premium in partnering with and patronising Kannywood stars and singers, over and above education and worthy skills acquisition? Yunusa would ask.
Eldee the poet simply put the act as a shameless protest against diminishing returns. when election was conducted, the incumbent defeated, the governor elect constituted transition committee inaugurated, then the joint decision on borrowing and spending should not be neglected.
Eldee recollected, though not in tranquility, that governor Bindow, with his favoured political appointees, has paid himself off since March when he ought to have considered the workers with Adamawa state. Additionally, while transition committee was taking stocks of assets and liabilities, the incumbent continued to employ workers for additional overdraft salary.
“Let’s ponder on logic, will this government that claimed to have a N30, 000 as minimum wage approved, has any reason soliciting for bank overdraft to be able pay the paltry N10, 000 minimum wage salary?
“To round up, the bank, falsely accused, may take the overzealous government to zenith for libel before the law,” the Poet said.
Earlier, the Finder and TG news, reported Adamawa government as saying, it would take legal action against Zenith bank for the delay in payment of April salaries to workers in the state. Mr. Bala Sanga the State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice made the declaration, Wednesday after the State Executive Council meeting in Yola.
Sanga said that the delay in payment of salaries, has unleashed an unimaginable hardship to Adamawa workers. He therefore, queried that Zenith bank would explain to the court why it abruptly reneged on its earlier understanding without prior notice for non-granting of overdraft to the state, describing the action as embarrassing, capable of causing labour unrest in the state.
“As the administration of governor Muhammadu Bindow is coming to an end, the issue that took centre stage at the state executive council meeting, was the delay in the payment of April salaries.
“It has been the practice in the last four years that the state government takes an overdraft to pay salaries and we have not defaulted in the refunds.
“It is at the prerogative of the bank to grant or not to grant loan to customers but with an existing understanding between state and the bank, they were expected to have informed us earlier on their decision not to grant loan.
“This situation is embarrassing and has caused untold hardship on workers, especially, at this time of Ramadan fast.
“We are therefore, accusing Zenith bank for breach of contract”, Sanga said.
Sanga added that other issues discussed at the SEC meeting, was the smooth handover to the incoming government and the inauguration ceremony scheduled for May 29, 2019.
Cross section of Adamawa workers interviewed, lamented over the untold hardship but were strong, struggling with patience to defeat the effect of being abandoned to be reduced to carcasses prey, which prayers proved otherwise.
“Some of us have endured six and even more months without salary previously. We can endure two months. After all, we are barely few days to May 29. We’re not occupying anywhere. We have forwarded our complaints, through prayers, to our Creator for redress. We shall intensify this in this last ten days of Ramadhan. Whosoever short-changed us, shall face the unpardonable and unfathomable wrath of God,” one of Adamawa workers ably representing a group assured.