JUST IN!!! Okorocha will reduce working days in Imo State to pay less salaries

Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo says he is considering reducing the number of working days in the state from five to three so that the government can reduce salaries.

Mr Okorocha said this while briefing journalists on the state of affairs in Imo on Friday at his residence in Owerri.

He said the reduction in working days would allow workers to engage in other activities that would generate money to supplement their monthly salaries to care for their families.

“I encourage Imo workers to do extra things to support their families because of the economic situation we are facing in Nigeria. “We are considering reducing working days from five to three in Imo so that workers can use the rest of the days to work and support their families,” he said.

Mr Okorocha, who did not specifically say when this might commence, added that the Imo government was also planning to revise downwards the salaries of employees.

He said despite the current payment of 70 percent of salaries to employees, the state was still paying the highest salary scale among the southeastern states of Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi and Enugu.

“Directors in these other south-eastern states receive a little above N90,000, while in Imo they receive over N100,000.

“We plan to clear salary arrears through July next week. Thereafter, we will consider a downward revision of wages for workers to bring it at par with other states in the south-east of the country,'' he said.

At the just-held replay of the elections, Mr. Okorocha commended Imo people for electing the APC candidates in the Imo North Senatorial District, Isiala Mbano and Oru East State constituencies.

He said that with the victory, APC had shown that it was strong in the South East and that it should get its due.

“These victories show that APC candidates won the most seats in the national and state assembly during the 2015 general elections.

“I call on the leadership of the National Assembly (Senate) to correct the anomaly in its leadership that led to an opposition member occupying the seat of deputy Senate President,” he said.

On his urban renewal programme, Mr Okorocha said the relocation of Ekeukwu-Owerri market, Orji and Nekede Mechanic villages to Avu was irreversible.

“A task force to enforce the movement order for mechanics will begin its work from Monday, August 1, and I advise vehicle owners to refrain from taking their vehicles to any of these places from Monday,” he said.


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