Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
Rivers State Deputy Governor Dr. (Mrs) Ipalibo Harry Banigo says the stand of the State Government to sustain payment of workers #18,000 minimum wage inspite of paucity of funds was in keeping with its promise and policy trust to improve the economic wellbeing of the State workforce.
A statement by her Press secretary, Paul Damgbor, said Governor Wike is mindful of the reverberative effects that salary reduction or retrenchment of workers, as canvassed by the Chairman of the Nigeria Governor’s forum, would cause the civil servants who are regarded as the engine room of government.
Dr. Banigo observed that although the present administration is yet to recover from the financial reckleness that led to the backlog of unpaid salaries of Civil Servants and pensioners by the past Government, Governor Wike would continue to place the welfare of workers in his priority list by ensuring that workers salaries and entitlements are paid regularly.
She enjoined workers to remain steadfast and committed to their duties so as to justify Government huge investment in the Civil Service.
The Deputy Governor assured workers in the State that the Wike-led administration has set in motion necessary modalities to ensure that all entitlements owed workers are paid describing Governor Wike as “Workers friendly.”