Salary Verification Not Reduction, HOS Tells Civil Servants

workersFrom Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt

The Head of Service, Rivers State Public Service, Samuel Longjohn has advised civil servants in the state not to panic over the ongoing salary verification as it has nothing to do with salary reduction.

Longjohn stated this Thursday in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital while refuting the allegation that the ongoing salary verification exercise in the Rivers State Public Service was aimed at reducing the salary of civil servants.

He noted that there was need for factual presentation of issues by the civil servants to avoid misunderstanding and disharmony in the system.

He said:  “We are not reducing anybody’s salary, the exercise is to correct anomalies discovered in the system. The meeting resolved that the payroll of staff of the various institutions will be prepared by the Ministry of Finance from July 2013.

It was also resolved that approved salary charts, attached with relevant circulars would be sent to the various institutions for verification before payments are made.

“The salary verification exercise is in the interest of all but I wonder why staffs of state-owned institutions was informed by the irregularities discovered in the payroll of core civil servants where some staff are paid salaries they are not entitled to,” he said.