To mitigate the impact of the Federal Government’s elimination of gasoline subsidies, the Governor of Ebonyi State, Francis Nwifuru, has approved an increase in worker salaries in the state.
The decision was part of the resolutions of the State Executive Council meeting held on Thursday and presided over by the Governor, according to Jude Okpor, the State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, who stated this on Friday during a press briefing in Abakaliki.
According to him, the executives agreed an immediate N10,000 increase in the wage of every worker in the state.
“Exco discussed and debated the subject of worker pay. The Executive Council, chaired by His Excellency the Chairman of Council, agreed to increase N10,000 to every worker’s wage in the state to offset the impact of the loss of gasoline subsidies.
“His Excellency also mandated SSG, Professor Grace Umezuruike, to investigate the finances of the state University (EBSU) in order to determine the upward review of subvention to the University.” “The council also approved the hiring of 1454 Ebonyians into the state civil service to fill vacancies that have arisen over the years,” Okpor stated.
The commissioner went on to say that the Executive Council discussed the problem of water shortage in the state further, noting that the Governor emphasized the importance of ensuring communities have access to water as soon as possible.
“The state’s water problems were discussed.” Following the deliberation, His Excellency the Governor issued a matching order to the Commissioner for Water Resources in the state to get water running in all the streets of Abakaliki before the next EXCO meeting. “His Excellency was made to understand the hardship people in the state capital are facing over the problem of water and resolved that it must come to an end,” he added.