The prevailing economic situation in the country has left state governors seeking creative ways to reduce their salary pay load and Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state seems to have happened on an idea that might solve the problem.
While briefing journalists on the state of affairs in Imo State at his residence in Owerri on Friday, Okorocha said he is considering reducing the number of work days in the state from five to three, to enable the government cut salaries, reports Premium Times.
The outspoken politician who revealed that the reduction of work days would enable workers to attend to other activities that would generate money to supplement their monthly salaries to take care of their families, said;
“I encourage Imo workers to find additional things to do to support their families because of the economic situation we are facing in Nigeria. We are considering to reduce the working days from five to three in Imo, so that workers will use the rest of the days to work and support their families,” he said.
The governor who is the chairman of APC governor’s forum, did not specify when it may commence, adding that Imo government was equally planning to review workers’ salaries downward.
Okorocha said that in spite of the current payment of 70 percent of salaries to workers, the state still paid the highest salary scale among South-Eastern states of Abia, Anabmbra, Ebonyi and Enugu.
“Directors in these other South-Eastern states receive something a little above N90, 000 while in Imo they receive more than N100, 000. We intend to clear salary arrears up to July by next week. After that, we will consider downward review of salary to workers to be at par with other states of South-East,’’ he said.
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