By AFAM Echi
The news that the Imo government has failed in its promise to pay Imo civil servants the promised 100% emoluments has been debunked as untrue.
Debunking the facts is the Imo State Head of Service Mrs Amah Eluwa in a joint Press briefing Thursday with the Imo State Accountant-General, Deacon Donald Igbo at the latter’s office.
The HOS informed that Gov Emeka Ihedioha has promised Imo workers that he will pay them their full, complete, and entire salary which amounts to 100%. However, she alerted that in the last couple of days, they have been inundated with media accounts in both print and electronic that Imo civil servants were paid 70%.
The essence of the media briefing she said was to put the facts as they are accurate, truthful and factual.
The Accountant-General clarifying the issue, further stated that it is not true that 70% salary were paid to Imo workers.
In his words, ‘I want to state that it is not true that civil servants in Imo state were paid 70%. Even the salary structure of Imo State as at April 2018 it is not even 70% compared with the old salary structure made as an agreement between the Joint Negotiating Council (JNC), the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), the Trade Union Congress (TUC), organized labour and Imo government on the implementation of the minimum wage done in 2011 and signed off by the parties.’’
Clarifying further, he observed that in the recent salary structure done last year by the previous government people on levels 1-6 earned 115% salary instead of 100% in the nationally agreed, minimum wage of 18,000. Those on levels 7-12 received 94% while those on levels 13-16 received a difference of 3%.
Igbo explained that Ihedioha immediately on assumption of office instructed that the agreed minimum wage should be paid to Imo workers but some ministries and agencies introduced some extraneous benefits which they claimed was specially approved for them.
Hear him, “however, we discovered that some institutions and ministries based on that brought in certain things not contained in the approved salary table which they call 100%. Instead of their salary having a marginal difference of say 8% some are having over 200% differential salary.’’
It was based on this he said that Ihedioha now set up a committee to harmonize these differences.
In his words, “if there is any thing outside the agreed salary level, His Excellency should give approval before such a thing should enter into the salary payment’’.
Accountant-General confirmed that the governor is ever ready even now to pay as soon the harmonization committee completes its work on the unnecessary padding and unapproved claims, assuring that he has set aside funds according to the governor’s instruction to meet any discrepancy.
He described the 70% rumour as an attempt to grossly misrepresent the government, assuring that as soon as the harmonization is completed appropriate payments will be made.