Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, monday decided to make personal sacrifice by placing himself on half salary because of the pains workers were passing through over unpaid salaries.
He also announced a 50 per cent cut in his travel allowances, saying that he was feeling as much pain as the workers, who have been enduring months of unpaid salaries.
The governor, who was baring his mind on the issue of outstanding salary arrears during the swearing-in of a new Head of Service, Dr Vivian Uma, said he expected that both elected and non-elected political office holders would follow his example.
“It is a shame we can’t pay salaries of workers who earn N50, 000 and N30,000,” adding that “God would not forgive us” for failing workers.
Workers in state parastatals, agencies as well as local governments are the hardest hit with most of them bearing the burden of unpaid salary arrears for upwards of three months.
But Ikpeazu vowed that he would do everything to ensure that salaries and allowances of workers in the state “are systematically cleared.”
While congratulating the new HoS on his appointment which he described as a milestone, the governor said he was desirous of reinvigorating the state civil service.
He specifically stated that he expected the Abia civil service to be more proactive for the challenges ahead.
Ikpeazu therefore charged the new Head of Service to look for innovative ways of doing things especially in terms of shoring up the internally generated revenue (IGR) of the state.
In his acceptance speech, Dr. Vivian Uma, promised to bring positive transformation to the civil service as discipline and sound ethical conduct would be enthroned in the service for greater service delivery.
The new HoS thanked the governor for appointing him and promised to be loyal and supportive of his administration.
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