By Akanimo Sampson,
Port Harcourt, Nigeria
IN fulfillment of the pledge of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State in Eastern Nigeria, that all their civil servants will receive their December 2015 salaries before the Christmas festivities, government has transferred the December pay of all Ministries, Departments and Agencies in the state to their respective paying banks for onward disbursement to the workers that bank with them.
Disclosing this during a chat with Newsmen at his office in Umuahia, the state capital, Finance Commissioner, Mr. Obinna Oriaku noted that the Abia State Ministry of Finance has given a directive to all the banks to ensure that all the workers receive their salaries latest by Wednesday, December 23, 2015.
As for local government workers, he gave the assurance that as soon as the Joint Accounts Allocation Committee (JAAC) Meeting for the month is held within the week, all workers who are usually paid from Local Government Allocations will receive their December Salaries.
Oriaku also disclosed that all the contractors handling road projects in Abia have received massive payments to ensure that they increase the tempo of their construction works to enable appreciable progress to be made during this dry season.
In the same vein, Governor Ikpeazu has approved the release of funds to Transition Committee Chairmen of all the Local Governments in the State to enable them grade key rural roads in their areas to ease anticipated heavy vehicular movement during the yuletide.
Oriaku disclosed the determination of his office to deliver on Governor Okezie Ikpeazu’s instruction to prudently and creatively manage the funds available to Abia State while taking steps to increase the internally generated revenue of the state to augment the dwindling allocations from the Federal Allocations occasioned by low oil prices and other macro-economic factors.