Emenike Ubani, Umuahia
Abia State Civil Servants have been reminded that the storm of non-payment of salaries as at when due by the government is not only peculiar in the state but in almost of the states in the federation. HRH Eze Chiabuotu Emelike who made this known while answering questions from newsmen at Eziama/Mgbaja autonomous community, Ossah, Umuahia, said in several other states, civil servants are grumbling about non-payment of their salaries. In his words, “Everybody was shouting Abia, thinking it was only Abia, but there is a report, there is a lot of revelations of what is happening in almost of the states in the federation about civil servants been owed”.
Eze Emelike who argued that a worker is worthy of his wages, said he expects the new governor Dr. Okezie Victor Ikpeazu to ensure that the civil service which is basically the engine room of government would have to be taken care of, in terms of salaries and welfare. According to him, “The state is predominantly a civil service state and already there is a very high level of disillusionment by the civil servants in terms of payment of salaries.
Besides, the people who are depending on the salary of each civil servant, the sons, daughters, relations, well-wishers and other people that each civil servant connects through salary. The market women who also depend on the salaries of workers, will expect that when salaries are paid, they will sell their goods. By the time each civil servant is happy, a lot of dependants on the side of that civil servant are all happy. So when you work and you are paid, you are happy”.
Eze Emelike who advised that the civil service should be made to be more attractive, appealed to Dr. Ikpeazu to make payment of workers salaries as at when due, his priority, as it will help check the high level of non-challant among the workers. In a related development, the National President, Abia State National Association of North America, Sir Dr. Christian .I. Ike has charged Governor Okezie Victor Ikpeazu to make payment of the State Civil and Public servants’ salaries, his priority.