National President Of Abia State National Association Of North America, Dr. Christian Ike Charges Governor Okezie Ikpeazu To Make Payment Of Civil Servants’ Salaries His Priority.
Emenike Ubani, Umuahia
The National President, Abia State National Association of North America, Dr. Christian Ike has charged Governor Okezie Ikpeazu to make payment of the State Civil and Public servants’ salaries, his priority. Dr. Ike who gave the advice in Umuahia while answering questions from newsmen, charged the governor to pay Abia workers first before he pay his commissioners.
According to him, “If Dr. Ikpeazu did not pay his commissioners and he tell them there is no salary, the commissioners will not go on strike, but if he pays his commissioners and he don’t pay his workers, they will go on strike and there will be problem. “So if he can tell his commissioners that they are coming here to sacrifice, when he gets money he will pay workers, if it is remaining, he will pay them and if it doesn’t remain, they will keep on struggling I think he will do better”, he added.
He charged the governor to start immediately with the people’s programme and do that which will have a positive impact on the lives of Abians. In his words, “Dr. Ikpeazu is an ordinary citizen that was elected as a governor, he need to touch the lives of ordinary citizens because he knows where the shoe pinches”, he posited. Speaking on the same issue, a PDP chieftain from Ikwuano L.G.A, Elder Prince Nkume lamented that Abia workers were not happy with the last administration because of nonpayment of salaries as at when due, adding that, “the state labour force are not very happy too”. He pointed out that, “every worker has atleast four stomachs to feed, so if you owe an employee, you are starving five people”.
Elder Nkume who said that if workers were not paid, the traders will not be encouraged, appealed to Dr. Ikpeazu to see a way of keeping Abians moving, pointing out that a labourer deserves his wages as contained in the scripture. Recalled that a regional newspaper on Friday came up with a screaming banner headline: Ikpeazu Inherits Mountains Of Debt. Pensioners – 7 months; Teachers – 4 months; L.G Staff – 3 months; Parastatals – 9 months; Contractors – excess of N20billion.