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Delta Govt Slashes Workers, Appointees’ Salaries Amid Coronavirus In Delta



Delta Governor, Sen. (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, on Thursday said he would not be distracted by attempts by some highly placed members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state to pitch him against his predecessors. Speaking while receiving hundreds of members of opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in Aniocha/Oshimili Federal Constituency, who defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Okowa said all governors who ruled the state since 1999 performed very well. He said that the attempts by some persons in the state to put him on a collision course with past leaders of the state would not work as he was focused on developing Delta according to the mandate freely given to him by people of the state. He remarked that PDP as a political party believed that power belonged to God and that the people reserved the right to make their choice. “We are a party that believes that power belongs to God and that’s why we are rejoicing. “We also believe that power belongs to the people and that the people reserve the right to make their choice. “Sometime ago, I said that power belongs to God and that only God will determine who will succeed me. I wonder why some people are angry about that statement because truly, only God knows who will take over from me. “We are one family in the PDP and those who don’t have our character are angry because we always say the truth and they are trying all means to scatter our PDP family, but they will always fail because we have bonded very well together as a party. “Together as a family, we can continue to make things happen; together as a family we change things in our family by working hard for everyone. “We will not work to put money in one person’s pocket, because a day will come when I will expose those of them that are angry with us,’’ the governor said. According to him, you voted for me to do what is right for the interest of the people and not to put money in somebody’s pocket; that’s not what you voted me for. Okowa added that PDP had worked very well in the state, “beginning from Chief James Ibori’s tenure to Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan and myself; we have worked very well and we are still working. “If anyone says he is not seeing what we are doing, it’s either that they are blind or they don’t live in Asaba. “Their attempt to pitch me against my predecessors will not work because I am not quarrelling with them. My predecessors laid the foundation for what we are doing in the state and I am building on the foundations they have laid. “I am building on the foundation that I met. Some people are angry and want to cause quarrel between me and my predecessors but they have failed because no stranger will deceive us in this state.’’ He commended the people for their support over the years, adding that the coming of the defectors from APC would further strengthen the PDP in the state.

The Delta state government led by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has announced a slash in the salaries of civil servants and political appointees in the state for the period of six months following the outbreak Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Naija News that the Secretary to the Delta State Government (SSG), Mr Chiedu Ebie, disclosed this at a joint press conference with the Trade Union Congress (TUC) chairman, Mr. Martins Bolu, Head of Service, Mr. Reginald Boyoku, in Asaba.

The Secretary to the Delta State Government said other staff entitlements such as promotion, allowances and advancement were not affected, adding that the Organised Labour was consulted before the announcement, adding that the proposed wage review was a painful and difficult decision, but inevitable in the current circumstances.

The SSG said: “It’s only applicable to political appointees and workers on grade level 7 and above, and does not affect workers on salary grade 1-6 and frontline medical personnel.

“It’s not repudiation of the payment of the new Minimum Wage in the state, but a temporary measure that will be lifted as soon the economy improves which we hope will be within the next six months

“We, therefore, urge the state workforce and political appointees to see this as a necessary sacrifice and contribution by them towards cushioning the effects of the coronavirus on the finances and overall economy of the state.”

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