COVID-19 : Ikpeazu Slashes Salaries of Political Appointees

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State on Wednesday slashed the monthly emolument of his political appointees, citing the current economic crunch occasioned by the outbreak of Coronavirus as the reason for doing that.

This was contained in a statement by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr Chris Ezem said the “downward review of monthly emolument of all political appointees in the State is subject to review upon attainment of general financial stability”.

 According to him, the government decision is informed by the present economic crunch in the country occasioned by the global pandemic, even as he directed all relevant government establishment to abide by the order and implement it accordingly.. 

The statement said, “Going forward, all Political Appointees shall be entitled to their basic monthly salary excluding other allowances”.

 Meanwhile, the state government on Thursday dissociated itself from a statement saying that it would hold the local government election in September 2020.

 The State Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu announced in Umuahia however that LGA poll would be conducted by the Abia State Independent Electoral Commission (ASIEC) this year, but denied that electoral empire has been asked to hold the election in September.

He disclosed that the conduct of the election in the middle of 2020 by ASIEC was aborted because of the COVID-19 outbreak, stressing that the electoral umpire has directed by the State Executive Council to present a revised timetable for the election.

“The local government poll will definitely be held this year, but we’ve not fixed September 2020 date for it. ABIEC has been asked to present a revised election time table and as soon as it does that, we’ll organize the election. It was in the first place truncated by the outbreak of COVID-19”, he stated.