Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state has directed that workers salary arrears for the months of April, May and June, 2016 be paid before Friday, July 8, 2016.
He also directed the directors of Accounts in the Ministries and Local Governments and relevant officials responsible for such, to meet with the Accountant-General of the State to work out the salaries of council workers up to the month of June.
In a statement at the weekend in Owerri, signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, the governor directed that the calculation of 70 per cent payment be calculated accurately.
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These orders came after a meeting at the Government House, Owerri with the government functionaries, directors of Accounts, treasurers, permanent secretaries, leaders of Imo Council of Elders and Transition Council Chairmen and other relevant stakeholders.
The governor also warned that June, 2016 should be the last time salaries would be owed in the state and assured workers that their salaries would be paid as and when due. A committee to monitor the payment was set up.
Governor Okorocha also directed that no commissioner, council chairman or government official should issue authorisation letter or permission to anybody, agency or company for collection of revenue.
The statement read in part;
“To avoid confusion and delay in the payment of salaries for the mentioned months, I also direct that they could be paid within intervals of one or two days.
A committee to monitor the prompt payment of salaries in the state was also set up and the committee would be meeting with the directors of Accounts and Accountant-General on the 10th of every month to work on salaries and ensure prompt payment.”
The governor explained that the 70 and 30 per cent revenue sharing formula between labour and government in the state did not mean that workers would get only 70 per cent of salaries at the end of each month.
Okorocha explained that workers could even get more than their salaries depending on what the 70 per cent would give them at the end of each month.
He warned that anybody found playing pranks in paying the three months salary arrears will be punished accordingly, and reiterated that nobody in the state workforce should be owed.