Imo State Governor Chief Rochas Okorocha has said that he will slash the salaries of the Imo State civil servants by means of reducing their working days from five days to three days in a week.
|Imo State Governor, Chief Rochas Okorocha|
Abacityblog recalled that Okorocha had last Friday during an interactive session with Journalists disclosed that the state executive council was considering slashing the working days from the normal five days to three to avail civil servants in the state the opportunity of engaging in other businesses to earn extra income to augment their salaries.
NLC Chairman, in his reaction, said the slashing of the constitutionally prescribed working days was beyond the powers of any state government including that of Imo State.
The NLC boss further pointed out that public holidays recognized by the Federal Government are listed in the calendar, noting that what the Imo State government was trying to do was to subvert the laws of the country.
“Claims by Governor Okorocha that Imo State pays the highest salaries in the entire Southeast is not correct because the workers in the state receive the same minimum wage paid by other states and it is not a gift but as a result of negotiation. There are states that pay more than Imo State. I don’t know why the governor always tries to borrow negative examples,” Chilakpu queried.