Ike Nnachi, Abakaliki
Governor Francis Nwifuru of Ebonyi State has approved the increment of salaries of workers in the state civil service system.
The governor also ordered the recruitment of 1454 civil servants to fill up vacant positions.
Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Jude Okpor, disclose this while briefing journalists on the outcome of this week’s executive council meeting.
Okpor said the council with Nwifuru as its chairman, ordered that N10,000 be added into every worker’s salary in the state to cushion the effect of fuel subsidy removal.
He disclosed that the council set up committee to look into communal crises across the state with a view to resolving them.
“Exco deliberated on crises in some parts of the state and set up a committee with a view to resolving them. The committee is to look into the Ezza Effium and Effium crises in Ohaukwu Local Government Area; Isinkwo/Abaomege crisis in Onicha Local Government Area; Amana/ Ikwo in Ezza South and Ikwo Local Government Area among other areas in the state that have a crisis.
“The issue of workers’ salaries was raised and deliberated on by Exco. The Executive Council led by the governor as the Chairman of Council approved that N10,000 be added to every worker’s salary in the state to cushion the effect of fuel subsidy removal.
”Council also approved the employment of 1454 Ebonyians into the state civil service to fill in vacancies created in the services over the years.
“The governor also mandated SSG, Professor Grace Umezuruike to look into the finances of the state University (EBSU) to know what comes out and goes into the University to help determine the upwards review of subvention to the University.
“Water problems in the state came up for deliberation. After the deliberation, a marching order was given to the Commissioner for Water Resources in the state by the Governor to get water running in all the streets of Abakaliki before the next EXCO meeting.
“The governor was made to understand the hardship people in the state capital are facing over the problem of water and resolved that it must come to an end,” he stated.