- Some workers and appointees in Delta state have gotten a raise
- The salaries of the affected workers and appointees were slashed during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic
- Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has directed that the previous wages be restored due to the increase in the pump price of fuel
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has directed the immediate restoration of salaries of some workers and appointees whose salaries were slashed during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The state government, after due consultations with the organized labour, carried out a downward review of the salaries of its workforce comprising political appointees and officers on salary grade level 07 and above.
The downward review which took effect from July 2020 was intended to last until December 2020.
The government had announced that the move was due to the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the National Economy and the consequent sharp drop in revenues accruing to all tiers of government,
“However, due to the effects of the recent upward review of the pump price of petroleum products and electricity tariffs, His Excellency, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, has directed the immediate restoration of salaries of the affected categories of workers and appointees, a statement by signed by the secretary to the state government,” Chinedu Ebie revealed.
“The state government commends the understanding exhibited by the organized labour and the affected personnel.
“As we await the full reflation of the country’s economy, Deltans and other residents are implored to continue to lend support to the government’s efforts at confronting the current economic challenge.
“The honourable commissioner of finance and the accountant general have already been directed to ensure immediate implementation of this directive,” the statement concluded.
Legit.ng had earlier reported that Governor Okowa recently identified rising insecurity, poor power supply as the bane of industrialisation and economic growth in Nigeria.
The governor stated this on Thursday, August 27 at an interdenominational thanksgiving service to mark the 29th anniversary of the creation of Delta state.
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Meanwhile, Governor Okowa on Wednesday, September 9 attributed the security challenges inhibiting socio-economic development of the nation to a multiplicity of factors including the high rate of poverty, unemployment and the geometrical increase in the population of the country.
The Delta governor disclosed this while playing host to the country's representative of Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), Mr Vladimir Kreck and the director-general of the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS), Professor Abubakar Suleiman who were in Government House, Asaba for a courtesy call.
According to him, the nation must address the critical issues concerning poverty and unemployment as well as the growing family size in the contemporary Nigerian society as a way of tackling the challenges of insecurity in the country.
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