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COVID -19: A’Ibom gov slashes political office holders pay by 20%

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By Theresa Ukpong, Uyo

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel has directed the slashing of salaries of all political office holders in the state by 20 percent.

According to the state government, this action is “in response to the prevailing economic realities of dwindling revenues, caused by the crash in the price of crude oil in the global market”.

A statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem described the decision as painful, but necessary due to the realities of the times. Ekuwem explained that Governor Emmanuel was confronted with an urgent need to take decision on either of two painful options: “continue to pay the current salaries for a while and end up being totally unable to pay same subsequently or spread the discomfort (20% cut) sustainably over a period of time, pending the return of crude oil price to normalcy in the global market.

“We must not forget that it was by the same ancient principle of ” necessity is the mother of invention”, that led to the establishment of the Akwa Ibom State Post Covid-19 Economic Reconstruction Committee by His Excellency, the Governor, to recommend navigable routes out of this global economic morass for our state.

“Let us all know and appreciate the fact that these measures are temporary.  Akwa Ibom State Government will transparently resume full payment of salaries when this dark cloud passes,” he adds.

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