Nigeria Labour Congress-NLC, Akwa Ibom State Chapter has condemned the alleged plans by the state government to slash the salaries of public officers in the state, in view of the ravaging effects of COVID 19 pandemic on the people.
The state Vice chairman and Acting Secretary of NLC, Comrade Iboro Ibara who stated this during Planet FM’s flagship programme “the people’s parliament’ said it is illegal for one party to an agreement to seek to review such an agreement without the consent of the other party.
Comrade Ibara who questioned how Covid 19 has adversely affected the economy of the state, however advised the government to make public its revenue collection and expenditure over the period of the coronavirus pandemic for public scrutiny. According to him, government should rather provide palliatives and economic stimulus, rather than plan to reduce the salary of public servants.
Reports say the chief of staff to Governor Udom Emmanuel, Akparawa Ephraim inyangeyen had in a letter to the Governor recommended the downward review of the minimum wage enjoyed by the state civil servants, in view of the economic challenges posed by Covid 19 to the financial well-being of Akwa Ibom state.
Written By Jane Uwa
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