From Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
Over N1.4bn was saved in May, 2013 as a result of the ongoing salary verification exercise in the State Public Service, the Rivers State Government has said.
The Head of Service, Samuel LongJohn, made the disclosure in Port Harcourt on Thursday when the State Chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) paid him a courtesy.
Thanking members of NMA for their visit, LongJohn restated the government stand that the aim of the exercise was not to reduce anybody’s salary but to correct irregularities discovered in the system.
He said: “It is unhealthy for any staff who is supposed to earn N160, 000 to earn N500, 000. It is affecting projects and recruitment of staff in the Service
“There are other instances where in a Ministry of 330 staff, 154 of them earn salaries of over N500, 000 whereas only 10 of such staff should earn about N350, 000.
“If this abnormality continues, it would come to a time when the State Government would be unable to pay salaries as and when due. Though, the inability of the respective departments to provide correct information was our major challenges.”