The Abia State government has dismissed as a hoax, planted in the media by mischievous elements intent on smearing the good reputation of the governor of the state, the story of a civil servant who committed suicide because of non=payment of four months salary.
A statement by Godwin Adindu, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, said that nobody by the name alleged is a staff of the ministry stated and no such incident happened in the community mentioned in the story.
Also, Adindu said, the Governor has been pro-workers welfare, to the extent that the judicious use of the bail-out fund for the payment of the state’s workers was commended by the ICPC.
Full text of the statement:
Our attention has been drawn to a “dummy” planted in the media by some mischievous elements, alleging that an unnamed and unidentified staff of the State Ministry of Lands and Survey committed suicide at his home in Ihie Ndume in Umuahia North LGA over his four months unpaid salary.
The so called “De Nwankwo” was said to have dropped a suicide note which read: “I have no other place to go, no hope, nothing to give to my children to eat and no salary for the past four months, I am sorry I have to do this.”
Our checks have revealed that the story is a hoax constructed and packaged by the traducers and detractors of our state to smear the good reputation of our Governor and project the state in negative light.
The awful incident never happened anywhere in Abia State. There is no staff of the Ministry of Lands with such a name and none took his life for any reason whatsoever. Such an incident never happened anywhere in Ihie Ndume and the environs.
Governor Okezie Ikpeazu believes very strongly that every worker deserves his wages. He has translated this belief into action by the judicious way he managed the bailout funds specifically for the settling of arrears of workers’ salaries and pensions and this has been lauded by the ICPC.
Despite the harsh nationwide economic crunch, he struggles with the meager figures to ensure that issues of wages and workers’ emoluments are given due attention every month. He is one of the three Governors that came out to the parade ground to celebrate with workers on May Day. He used the occasion to demonstrate his emotional bond with the workers and the fierce emotional loyalty he enjoys from Abia workers.
As it stands today in Abia, the payment of March salaries of workers in MDAs is ongoing. Local Government workers and pensioners have been paid up to February. Only few parastatals have not been paid up to February. So there is no reason any worker in Abia will commit suicide on account of nonpayment of his salary if compared with the status of other states.
We advise these idlers to try and get busy and engage their minds with more meaningful activity as Governor Okezie Ikpeazu is immune to such distractions.