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Real Reason I Only Paid 29,000 Out Of 31,000 Workers —Ikpeazu

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The outgoing Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu has offered his reason for only paying 29,000 out of the 31,000 civil servants in the State despite the widespread criticisms.

According to him, ‘I don’t pay their (the remaining 2,000) salaries because they are revenue-generating agencies of government’.

Recall that the Governor-elect of the state, Alex Otti, had after his election said he contested for the third time because the current government never addressed issues that made him run for the office the first time, including owing workers salaries.

Reacting to Otti’s claims on Channels Television’s Politics Today which was monitored by The Eastern Updates yesterday, Ikpeazu said no “core civil servant” is being owed any salary, adding that those that have issues with salaries are working in parastatals.

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I have 31,000 workers in Abia workforce and 29,000 of them are up to date as we speak in salary payment… Parastatals receive subvention. I don’t pay their salaries because they are revenue-generating agencies of government,” Ikpeazu said.

‘But I don’t run away from responsibility, the issue of pension has been there perennially since the past 24 years. I did as much as I could, this government since inception passed through two to three recessions.

‘When I came, within three months of my administration, I paid eleven months’ arrears of salary. Those eleven months were there while I was governor. So, if you take up position of governor you have accepted to take over both liability and asset and I don’t like to complain.

‘I didn’t have to talk about what my predecessors did not do because what gave me my job in the first place was that there were things they didn’t do. So, for somebody to come and make a sweeping statement that no salary is being paid is a lie, I am not owing any core civil servant salary, he added.

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