In the spirit of Ramadan, Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has ordered that all outstanding salaries of civil servants be paid before the 8th of July.
That will mean April, May and June salaries.
A statement from the chief press secretary to Okorocha reads: “This is to inform all the personnel in the state’s workforce that Governor Okorocha has directed that the salaries for the months of April, May and June be paid.
“The salaries must be paid before next Friday (July 8).
“Directors of Accounts in the ministries, local governments, and so on, should meet with the Accountant-General of the state immediately to work out the salaries of workers up to the month of June.
“The governor also warned that this period should be the last time salaries would be owed in the state.
“He assures that henceforth, salaries of workers in the state would be paid as at when due as it was the case before now.
“To avoid confusion and delay in the payment of salaries for the aforementioned months, the governor also directed that they could be paid within intervals of one or two days.
“A committee to monitor the prompt payment of salaries in the state was also set up.
“The committee would be meeting with the directors of Accounts and Accountant-General on the 10th of every month to work on salaries and ensure prompt payment.
“The governor equally explained that the 70 and 30 per cent revenue sharing formula between Labor and government in the state does not mean that workers would get only 70 per cent of salaries at the end of each month.
Governor Rochas explained that workers can even get more than their salaries depending on what the 70 per cent Labor gets.
The governor warned that anybody found playing pranks will be punished accordingly; he reiterated that nobody in the state’s workforce should be owed.