CRDB assures civil servants of timely wages pay

The CRDB Bank’s move of paying salaries to its customers in the civil service on time regardless any delay caused by the government has been commended.

The Prime Minister’s Office Minister for Regional Administration and Local Government, Ms Hawa Ghasia, gave the commendation after she was told that the CRDB was approved to pay salaries to central and local governments.

“But you (CDRB) have read my mind and volunteer to offer such service.

I salute you,” Ms Ghasia told a packed workshop that was attended by Lake Zone central and local government leaders in Mwanza.

In most cases the government delays to pay its workforce on time due to technical glitches thus causing unnecessary and unpleasant problems to workers.

“I know you have the capacity to do so-thanks a lot. This is another plus for municipals,” the Ms Ghasia, who was a chief guest, said.

The Minister said in Lake Zone, CRDB controls about 80 per cent of the government business and urged local authorities to take advantage of the competition among banks. “

(Municipals) don’t only channel workers salaries but also borrow for the development projects-this way you increase the municipal revenues through those projects,” she said.

To improve the financial services being provided to the central and local government, the treasury Chief Accountant would effective this year pick two banks to do the job to end NMB monopoly.

The other is CRDB. On its part CRBD has assured civil servants of timely payment of their salaries at guaranteed date irrespective of any government delay.

The announcement comes at a time when the bank has been approved to provide financial services to the municipals, councils and government institutions in this year.

The CRDB Managing Director, Dr Charles Kimei, said that they want to remove hassles and huddles civil servants face when their salary delayed.

“The government will always pay. So we are committed to pay as per our agreement with the municipals from our own coffer, while waiting for the government turn,” Dr Kimei said.

The CRDB Managing Director was speaking ahead of a one-day workshop organised by the bank to familiarise municipals and district councils top officers- -mayors, chairmen, directors, and accountants on the financial services offered.

The Managing Director promised local government officials that they will be presented with detail of the agreement and access to for development projects.

The Mwanza City Mayor Stanislaus Mabula said the move came at the right time as municipal workers suffered a lot when there was salary pay delay.
Source: Daily News, reported by Abduel Elinaza, from Mwanza, Tanzania
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