Tony Ita Etim, Port Harcourt
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has advised civil servants in the state to desist from partisan politics. Wike gave the advised on Monday in his maiden meeting with civil and public servants in the state. The governor declared that no civil servant will be victimised on the account of their political inclinations, but insisted that they should desist from playing partisan politics.
He told the workers that his administration will work towards paying off all salary arrears owed by the immediate past administration in the state. Wike announced that his administration will be workers friendly and lamented that never in the history of the state had civil servants salaries been owed. He continued that he will take proactive measures to ensure that the state will never descend to such unacceptable level. According to Wike: “I want to assure you that we will pay you your salaries.
We cannot embark on project execution without first paying your salaries . “The immediate past administration owed salaries because of misplaced priorities. For this administration, staff welfare will be given top priority “. He observed that the civil servants and their unions kept quiet while the former administration relegated staff welfare to the background. On the poor condition of the State Secretariat, Wike assured the workers that his administration will improve facilities at the State Secretariat for greater productivity of the workers.