FRI, SEPT 11, 2020-theGBJournal-Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, Governor of Delta State, today directed the immediate restoration of full salaries of affected categories of workers and appointees whose salaries were reversed downward amidst the coronavirus pandemic squeeze on States and Federal Government revenues.
Recall that following the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the National economy and the consequent sharp drop in revenues accruing to all tiers of government, the State Government, after due consultations with the Organized Labour, carried out a downward review of the salaries of its workforce comprising political appointees and officers on Salary Grade Level 07 and above.
The downward review which took effect from July 2020 was intended to last until December, 2020.
TheGBJournal learnt that the State Governor took the decision to reverse the salaries cut to help mitigate the effects of the recent upward review of pump price of petroleum products and electricity tariffs.
The State Government commended what it said is the ‘’understanding exhibited by the Organized Labour and the affected personnel.’’
‘’As we await the full reflation of the country’s economy, Deltans and other residents are implored to continue to lend support to Government’s efforts at confronting the current economic challenge,’’ the Government said in a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Chiedu Ebie.
The Commissioner of Finance and the Accountant General have already been directed to ensure immediate implementation of this directive.