Civil servants in Imo State will henceforth receive their salaries on the first week of the month to save them from operating on borrowed funds.
Secretary to the Imo State Government, Engr Mark Uchendu made the disclosure in a joint briefing with the state Commissioner for Information, Mr Patrick Nze in Owerri, the State capital.
Uchendu disclosed that before Friday, workers will receive their salaries for October and November, saying with the new arrangement, workers will no longer complain that they borrow transport fare or buy food items on credit.
The Information Commissioner, Nze disclosed that state government has received N5billion which will be used to offset pension arrears, adding that the committee has already commenced work on the appropriate disbursement of the funds.
According to him, by November 15th, the State Government will commence payment of pension, adding that an 11 man committee comprised of representatives from government, the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), and pensioners are working round the clock to ensure the success.
On the huge number of potholes across the State, the Commissioner said operation no potholes has been commenced in all parts of the State.
The Secretary to the State Government, Uchendu regretted that the closure of Douglas road for construction works, placed huge pressure on other roads in the capital, as trucks now ply routes meant for small cars, adding that government is out to fix all the roads.
“Government is very sensitive to the plight of our people and we plead that you give us time to fix them, we assure that they will all be corrected before December for the Yuletide celebrations”, Uchendu said.
Meanwhile, the Information Commissioner has expressed gratitude to President Muhamadu Buhari for signing the not too young to run bill which allowed him to assume office as the youngest Commissioner in Nigeria, less than 30 years of age.