The Ebonyi State Government has taken steps to alleviate the impact of fuel subsidy removal by approving an additional N10,000 to be added to the salary of its workers. Mr. Chikadibia Okpor, the State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, made this announcement to journalists following the Executive Council Meeting held in Abakaliki on Friday.
During the meeting, the issue of workers’ salaries was raised and thoroughly discussed by the Exco members. As a result, it was agreed that a sum of N10,000 would be granted as an extra allowance to each worker in the state. This move aims to cushion the effects of the fuel subsidy removal on their livelihoods.
Furthermore, the Ebonyi State Government has also granted approval for the recruitment of 1,454 individuals from Ebonyi into the state workforce. This decision was revealed by Mr. Jude Okpor, the Commissioner for Information and State Orientation, during a press conference that took place at the new government house in Abakaliki, following the outcome of Thursday’s State Executive Council meeting held at centenary city.
In his statement, Mr. Okpor mentioned that His Excellency, the Chairman of the Council, authorized the inclusion of N10,000 in every worker’s salary as a palliative measure to mitigate the effects of fuel subsidy removal. Additionally, Governor Nwifuru tasked the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Professor Grace Umezuruike, with examining the finances of Ebonyi State University (EBSU) and determining an upward review of the university’s subvention.
Another significant development is the government’s commitment to address the water supply issue in Abakaliki, the state capital. Governor Nwifuru instructed the Commissioner for Water Resources to ensure that water runs consistently in every corner of the city before the next Executive Council meeting. Recognizing the hardships faced by the people due to the lack of adequate water supply, the governor emphasized the need for swift action to resolve this problem.
By implementing these measures, the Ebonyi State Government aims to provide relief to its workers, enhance the workforce through new recruitment, improve the financial support to Ebonyi State University, and address the water scarcity issue in the state capital.
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