By Angela Nkwo-Akpolu, Owerri
Imo State Government on Thursday debunked claims that workers were paid 70 percent of their salary.
Accountant General of the State, Mr Donald Igbo made the claim while addressing newsmen in his office at the Treasury House, Owerri.
Igbo said there was no iota of truth in the allegation trending on social media and sections of Imo based newspapers.
According to him, Governor Emeka Ihedioha adopted the salary scale of N18,000 minimum wage as approved by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC).
The Accountant General stated that some unscrupulous workers bloated the wage bill of their ministries under the guise that they received personal approvals for such allowances and paddings.
Igbo said “level one to six workers were paid 115 percent; level eight to twelve received 94 percent; while level 13 to 16 workers got 97 percent using the 2011 agreed salary structure. The problem is that some people are trying to abuse the payment module used by claiming unapproved allowances”.
The financial guru of the State called on the public to ignore all unfounded rumours about salary cut.
Earlier, the State Head of Service, Barrister Alma Eluwa disclosed that the Governor had taken note of complaints of workers on their salary even as she maintained that Ihedioha’s programme is anchored on good governance and transparency.
A local tabloid had published a report wherein it alleged Ihedioha paid workers only 70 percent of their salary, even as the report is trending on Imo online platforms.