Governor Slashes Own Salary, Travel Allowance By 50

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has announced the slashing of his salary and travel allowance by 50%.

Ikpeazu, who disclosed this Monday at the Government House Umuahia, while swearing in the state’s new Head of Service, Dr. Vivian Uma,  said he was deeply pained by his administration’s inability to pay salaries of workers as at when due following the dwindling federal allocation.

He said he had decided to personally identify with the suffering workers and would not lift the self imposed austerity until the salaries and allowances owed workers were cleared.

Some workers, especially those in the parastatals, as well as pensioners are being owed up to six months salaries.

The Governor, who is yet to move into the Government House, Umuahia, promised “to do everything possible” to  systematically defray the arrears of workers’ salaries. He called on political  appointees to follow his example, stressing that there is need to cut down the cost of governance.

 Meanwhile, he congratulated the new Head of Service on his appointment which he described as a milestone, saying that the appointment is part of his government’s desire to rejig  the civil service.

Credit: Punch