The Government of Imo State has approved a proposal that would entail the payment of salary of workers before the end of every month.
By the approval, workers, according to a statement by Oguwike Nwachuku, Chief Press Secretary and Media Adviser to the Governor, will now be paid their salary on or before the 26th of every month.
To achieve that, the Executive Council of Imo State has also approved a proposal for a rolling bank facility from Zenith Bank to enable her live up to that expectation.
The approval for the rolling bank facility was sequel to a memo submitted to the EXCO by the Commissioner for Finance and Coordinating Economy, Dr. Uzoka- Anite, which suggested that government could deal with the payment of salary of workers through the rolling bank facility pending the receipt of the monthly allocation from the federation account.
Briefing newsmen at the end of the maiden Exco meeting in 2022, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Hon. Declan Mbadiwe Emelumba said the proposal was well received as it was in keeping with the idea of Governor Hope Uzodimma’s administration to pay workers at all levels their salary on or before the 25th and 26th day of every month.
Joined by the Chief Press Secretary and Media Adviser to the Governor, Oguwike Nwachuku, Emelumba said Governor Hope Uzodimma tinkered with the idea and relied on it to pay Imo workers their December 2021 salary as well as the 100 per cent 13th month basic salary before December 25, 2021 and therefore feels it could be made a permanent programme.
Emelumba informed that Governor Uzodimma, who presided over the meeting had earlier sworn-in the Commissioner for Humanitarian Affairs, Hajia Rabbi Ibrahim and the Chief Economic Adviser to the Governor, Prof. Kenneth Amaeshi.
The duo, he said, were formally admitted as members of the State Executive Council and that the Governor enjoined them and their colleagues to work for the interest of Imo people.
He said the Governor asked all the EXCO members to acquit themselves with the tenets of the 3R mantra and work as a team to deliver the dividends of democracy to Imo people.
The Commissioner said that the Exco congratulated Governor Uzodimma on the successes recorded at the Stakeholders meeting on January 4, 2022 “which indicated the people’s acceptance of the Shared Prosperity Administration.”
“The cream of Imolites that graced the occasion indicated the interest and concerns of Imo people in the administration of Senator Hope Uzodimma,” he said, adding that the Chairman of the occasion, a successful international businessman, Chief Leo-Stan Eke who is an Imo son and other very important personalities from the State who spoke at the occasion tells a lot about how successful the event was.
Fielding questions from journalists on Senator Rochas Okorocha, the former Governor of Imo State, who accused Governor Uzodimma at a press briefing on Wednesday of “funding a killer squad domiciled in Government House, telling Imo people lies at the Stakeholders meeting and failure to name the perceived criminals causing security breaches in the State,” Emelumba said “Okorocha must be suffering from paranoid of a sort.”
He said Okorocha’s countenance since the issue of those behind insecurity in Imo State was brought to the fore speaks volumes about someone who actually has something to hide.
“The worries of Rochas Okorocha may not be unconnected with the fact that he actually has something to hide and sooner than later the world will hear of those things that are making him jittery.”
Emelumba described the allegation of the Governor keeping a killer squad consisting of the Police, Army and the DSS, as laughable.
He however advised Okorocha to “follow the due process by petitioning the Security Agencies, furnish them with the facts and allow them get to the root of the spurious claims.”
The Commissioner reiterated that “the Senator is worried and embittered because he was prevented by Imo people from creating a political dynasty for himself and worse still, from continuing to take the people’s patrimony after looting the State dry alongside his family members and cronies for which the government of the day is working hard to retrieve.”