The government of Akwa Ibom State has slashed the salaries of political appointees in the state by 20%.
This was contained in a release issued by the state government’s secretary, Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem on Tuesday, May 19.
According to the release, the slash was necessitated by “the prevailing economic realities of dwindling revenues, caused by the crash in the price of crude oil in the global market”.
The SSG who explained that the directive came from the state governor, Mr. Udom Emmanuel said “His Excellency the Governor was confronted with an urgent need to take decision on either of two painful options: continue to pay the current salaries for a while and end up being totally unable to pay same subsequently or spread the discomfort (20% cut) sustainably over a period of time pending the return of crude oil price to normalcy in the global market”.
He urged the appointees to know and appreciate the fact that the decision was temporary and would be reversed when the dark cloud passes.