About N2.5bn goes into microeconomic development every month from the coffers of the Plateau State government, the State Information Commissioner, Yakubu Dati says.

These funds pumped through salary payment and other entitlements of government employees are part of government's resolve to revive the macroeconomic sector and transform the state to a business hub, Hon. Dati said.

In an interview with MKB, the commissioner said despite the shortage of funds which sometimes necessitate borrowing to offset such obligations, the government believes workers' salaries constitute key drivers of economic development.

"When we are talking of workers salary, we are talking of pumping N2.5bn into the local economy of Plateau state.

"That also stimulates the economic activities you see in Jos, that is why when you look around, you will see loads of activities in spite of the fear and threats, you will see people selling fish, people engaged in different businesses because the local economy is enriched with so much money that is pumped into it.

According to Dati, the Government sees the welfare of one civil servant as having a direct or indirect effect on the welfare of many other citizens in the state.

"Gov. Lalong believes that the welfare of civil servants is key to the development of the state and Plateau being Civil Service State, means for every civil servant you have, you are talking of dependants - those depending on it for school, those who rely on it for medication, taking care of extended family etc.," he said.

The Commissioner maintained that the State aims to build on its existing record of prompt salary payment especially with the coming of new "Democratic" structures in the Local Governments.