Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State has expressed shock at the comments credited to the outgoing Information Commissioner, Mrs Ibim Semenitari in which she claimed that the outgoing All Progressives Congress (APC) government of Governor Rotimi Amaechi is not indebted to workers in the state.
In a statement by the State Chairman of the party, Bro Felix Obuah, signed by his Special Adviser (Media), Jerry Needam, the party says the comments by the Information Commissioner ‘portrayed her as not just a professional liar but also a stranger who is not on ground with the goings-on in the state.’
“Her claim is an insult on the sensibilities of civil servants who have been subjected to untold hardship as monies meant for their salaries have been diverted to the funding of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
For the avoidance of doubts, the PDP draws the attention of Mrs. Semenitari to the plight of workers at the Rivers State Polytechnics, Bori, who for the past three months are yet to get their salaries.
“The Party tasks the Information Commissioner to go and ask workers at the Rivers State College of Arts and Science (RIVCAS), who have been praying and fasting for months over government’s refusal to pay their salaries.
“The PDP recalls that only on Monday, May 4, 2015, athletes who will be representing Rivers State in the forthcoming National Sports Festival in Calabar, staged a protest at the” Government House to demand the payment of allowances of several months.
“The story is not different at the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Port Harcourt where, according to the PDP, workers are languishing in penury owing to months of unpaid salaries.
“It adds that Semenitari should talk to lecturers and teachers in the employment of the state government, workers at the ministries, as well as their counterparts at the parastatals, institutions and agencies of government and hear about the last time they got paid by the Rivers State Government under the Governor Rotimi Amaechi led government,” the statement said.
The PDP state chairman therefore, called on Semenitari to ‘publicly apologize to Rivers people and workers for deliberately lying to them,’ just as he further urged ‘the outgoing Governor Amaechi to without further delay pay all outstanding salaries and allowances of civil servants before May 29, 2015.’