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A cross-section of workers in Abakaliki, the capital of Ebonyi, have cried out to the Federal and State governments to review salaries of Civil Servants given the recent economic realities in the land.
Some citizens made this known yesterday, during an interview with reporters in Abakaliki.
They explained that the review and revamping of sectors would help address the economic challenges in the country.
Mr Kenneth Usulor, a Civil Servant and Resident of Abakaliki, said that there was the need to improve the pay and allowances of workers to encourage their efforts.
He said, “reviewing salaries and other welfare of the work force means a lot to them, the system, productivity and development.
Mrs Judith Eze, also a civil servant, recommended that the review would drive behaviorial change and youth restiveness.
Another civil servant, Mr Stanley Uguru, added that empowerment of youth would also reduce social vices among them.
“Engagements of youth will promote peace and development in the country,” Uguru added.
A Businessman, Mr Denis Eze, called for the revitalisation of the commerce and industry sector, saying this would help small businesses thrive and grow.
Eze bemoaned the rate at which businesses were closing shop and moving out of the country due to outrageous taxations.
In a related development, the Governor of Abia State, Dr. Alex Otti, has reiterated his earlier promise to effect upward review on salaries of employees of Abia government to reflect the ‘economic realities of the time.’
He made this known in his new year broadcast to the state yesterday, saying that work on the implementation of the pay raise had reached “the final stages.”
In the New year message he entitled, “A journey of great expectations,” Otti Urged the people of Abia to keep alive their hope for greater and better things to come from his government.
He said 2024 would be a year for consolidation on the “modest accomplishments” so far recorded by his administration over the past seven months.
Otti, noted that his administration has not been found wanting in working hard to fulfill his campaign promises in order to give the people a new lease of life in good governance.