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Imo Denies Owing Workers 11 Months Salary Arrears

Posted: Jun 19, 2015 at 4:53 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Anolu Vincent –  Owerri 

 

Contrary to reports that the Imo State was owing Civil servants and teachers in the state who constitute the government workers in the state eleven months salary arrears, the state government has said it is does not owe salary arrears.

In a statement signed by the Chief Press secretary to the governor Mr Sam Onwuemeodo, the state government said that the Imo state government was only owing its civil servants and teachers for the month of May salary and that the salary was about to be paid.

The clarification came on the heels of inquiries by some Patriotic Nigerians and indigenes of the state in particular who have been inundating senior officials of the State Government with phone calls following reports in some reputable National newspapers that the State government was owing workers in the state eleven (11) months’ salary arrears.

In the case of parastatals, Onwuemeodod said that the government has equally been living up to expectations with regard to payment of their salaries except few of them where the government’s verification panels discovered padding of salaries for non-existent staff and where high-profile corruption was uncovered.   He challenged those behind the report to come out and fault government claim, saying, “we would like to be faulted on our claim that we are owing the civil servants only the month of May salary and the same development with the teachers.

 

 

 

 

 

These are the workers in the state we believe the NLC source quoted in the reports must have talked about”.

Onwuemeodo added “if the newspapers that wrote the story on the claimed debt of eleven months salary arrears owed the civil servants and teachers in the state discover at the end of the day that we are right in our claims contrary to the reports under reference, we expect that as reputable and widely read tabloids, they would massage us by retracting the report at least for the sake of the hard-earned reputation of the Rescue Mission government in the state”.

He gave an assurance that the government in Imo state with Governor Rochas Okorocha on the driver’s seat shall continue to be truthful and honest about its claims and counterclaims on issues for the sake of history and posterity.

According to the media aide, “the report in question made front page stories of some of the newspapers concerned and as a government, we owe Nigerians the correct information on the workers’ salary in Imo which is completely opposite of the media reports.  And whatever claim we make in this rebuttal, we stand to be contradicted.

“Again, in all the reports, the source of the story or the source from where the information in the case of Imo state came from was never made clear and that lacuna also heightened our suspicion that those who lost the governorship election in the state in April 2015, must have volunteered such falsehood.  We are not worried about that since we can always state the truth of the matter.  We see the whole report as unfortunate and a deliberate effort to hit at the Rescue Mission government in the state.”