Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State has declared that there is no end in sight yet to the increasing delay in the payment of workers’ salaries in the state, attributing this to the dwindling federal allocations to the state.
The governor, while decrying the consistent dwindling of the allocations accruing to the state from N25 billion to N12 billion, said it was also a factor slowing down the pace of some ongoing projects embarked upon by his administration.
He made this known while speaking at an inter-denominational church service held to mark the nation’s 54th Independence Day anniversary, at the St. Cyprians Anglican Church in Port Harcourt, on Sunday.
“The situation we find ourselves now is really critical. We have started owing salaries of workers and nobody knows when this will end. Rivers people should know that Rivers State government now receives N12 billion instead of the usual N25 billion as monthly allocation.
“This has grossly affected our projects and work has stopped in some ongoing projects in the state. I am still looking for funds to pay some of the contractors and salaries. Things are no longer the same. Things are getting worse. I am not the problem, it is from the Federal Government,” he said.
Also, precisely eight months to the expiration of his second term of office, the governor had called on the people of the state to vote for a credible successor that will take over from him on May 29, 2015.
The governor, who maintained that the era of imposition of candidates on the people was over in the state, advised the people to choose wisely by embracing democratic values and actively participating in the electoral process.
Posted From iProdigy Group Nigeria(Dabibi Ori-ibim’s Blog).
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