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A fresh round of tears and sorrow has overtaken civil servants in Imo state as their monthly salaries are being visited with deductions by the state government.
Observations within the secretariat complex, Owerri, which houses the various ministries and parastatals, reveal that the workers in the state are already in a bitter mood arising from the deductions said to be linked for the payment of the so-called ‘Free Ride’ and snacks provided by the government.
It would be recalled that Governor Hope Uzodinma had a few weeks ago donated not less than 30 coaster buses meant to convey the worker to offices. The buses, according to him would be free as it would convey the workers through and fro from locations to the office each day.
However, barely one month after the innovation that received applause, the workers are no longer receiving what they are used to get from the state purse each month because of the deductions. According to information gathered by The Eastern Updates, not less than ₦3,000 is to be deducted at source before payment of salaries.
Those who have been paid for the month of September, which ended yesterday are already gnashing their teeth following the shortage in their payments received. It was learnt that many of the recipients who were surprised by the deductions cried out, stating that the workforce never bargained with the state government for the provision of the vehicles for transport where ₦3000 would be deducted monthly.
Others who joined in the tears of sorrow, especially junior staffers claim that the deduction will further depreciate their monthly income after the state government had earlier slashed their regular pay.
THE EASTERN UPDATES