Monday, July 4, 2016

Gov. Okorocha orders payment of three months salary arrears to workers

Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has directed the payment of three months salary arrears owed workers in the state (April, May and June) before Friday, July 8.
According to a statement at the weekend in Owerri and signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, said the governor gave the directive to the directors of accounts in the ministries, local council officials and relevant officials responsible for such, adding that the calculation of 70 per cent payment be calculated accurately.

The statement noted that the directive was given at a meeting he had with directors of accounts, treasurers, permanent secretaries, Imo elders council, transition council chairmen in the 27 local councils, among others, at the weekend at Government House, Owerri.

He warned that henceforth, salary payment should not be delayed.A committee to monitor the payment, the statement stated, was set up.The governor 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: “This is to inform Imo people and indeed, all the personnel in the state workforce in particular, that the governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, has directed that the salaries for the month of April, May and June be paid before Friday next week (July 8, 2016), and also gave a marching order to the directors of accounts in the ministries, local councils and so on to meet with the accountant-general of the state immediately to workout the salaries of workers up to the month of June.

“The governor also warned that this period should be the last time salaries would be owed in the state and assured that henceforth, salaries of workers in the state would be paid as at when due as it was the case before now. To avoid confusion and delay in the payment of salaries for the mentioned months, the governor also directed 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.

“In paying the three months salary arrears, the governor warned that anybody found playing pranks will be punished accordingly, and reiterated that nobody in the state workforce should be owed.”

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