Imo State Governor, Emeka Ihedioha, has assured workers in the state’s ministries, parastatals and agencies that they will receive100 per cent of their monthly salaries.
The state Accountant-General, Donald Igbo, who disclosed this to newsmen, said a committee had already been set to up to harmonise the actual salary package of the workforce.
Igbo disclosed that the state government did not pay 70 per cent to the workers for the month of June as was being reported by some newspapers.
The accountant-general further disclosed that some government departments and agencies criminally falsified the monthly salary structure of the workers, leading to a bloated bill.
He said, “In its efforts to rebuild Imo, the state government has resolved to remunerate civil servants in the state 100 per cent of their salaries.”
According to Igbo, workers on grade levels 1 to 6 were paid 115 per cent of their salaries last year instead of 100 per cent, while those on salary grade levels 9, 10 and 12 were paid 94 per cent, which amounted to a difference of 6 per cent, just as their colleagues on levels 13 to 16 were paid three per cent difference.
“Upon assumption of office, Governor Emeka Ihedioha assured that he would pay the agreed minimum wage payable to workers in the state but some ministries later inserted clauses not in the said 100 per cent and instead of 10 per cent difference, some will now be having 200 per cent hence the state government has set up a committee to harmonise these differences and as soon as the committee harmonises all these unapproved lists, the governor will implement it.
“What is being paid now is not 70 per cent from my own calculation, which is more than 100 per cent,” he added.