Thousands of Civil Servants in Hodeidah Gets Paid by Yemen Government
Officials stated that Yemen’s government has paid the salaries of over 30,000 state employees in Hodeidah province after a gap of over two years.
The province was managed by the Houthi militia from the start of the civil war in 2014 till last year, when many areas were freed by government forces.
Waleed Al Qudaimi, deputy provincial governor told reporters that the department of finance in Hodeidah province started to pay two months’ salary for 31,330 civil servants since Tuesday, in both government and rebel-held sections.
People suffered immensely under the authoritarian beleaguerment enforced by the Houthis which impoverished them of their wages.
The salary payments were ordered by President Abdrabu Mansur Hadi and come as the United Nations tries to enforce a truce agreement for the port city of Hodeidah and the expanded province.
Mohammed Bekheit, a civil servant in Hodeidah city, stated that he was relaxed. He told that he never thought that he would be coming to the bank to collect his salary, especially in the city which is still a war zone.
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Maeen AbdulMalek Saeed accepted about the salary payments during a donor pledging conference for Yemen in Geneva
He mentioned that payments were being made for about 24,000 employees in the health sector that was under the control of the Houthi, and to 8,000 academics in the higher education sector.
The prime minister told that they have paid the pension of people also.
The donor conference raised US$2.6 billion (Dh9.5billionn) for humanitarian aid to Yemen, a 30% increase on the amount vowed last year.
The UN Special Envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, appreciated the positive measures taken by the government.