Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has confirmed through an announcement that his salary and travelling allowance is to be cut down by 50%.
He disclosed this while swearing in the states’s new Head of Service, Dr. Vivian Uma at the Government House Umuahia, stating that he was deeply pained by his administration’s incapability to settle workers’ salaries as at when due, following the dwindling federal allocation.
Governor Ikpeazu revealed that he had decided to personally identify with the suffering workers and would not lift the self imposed austerity until the salaries and allowances owed workers were paid.
The Abia State Government owe up to six months salaries of some workers, especially those in the parastatals and pensioners.
Governor Ikpeazu who is yet to move to the Government abode of the state, assured he will “do everything possible” to systematically defray the arrears of workers’ salaries.
He beckoned on all political appointees to follow his example, stressing that there is need to slash down the cost of governance in the state.
In a related development, Govenror Ikpeazu on Monday, June 22, 2015 announced the appointment of V.C Umeh as the Abia State Head of Service.