Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State has paid 100 per cent of basic pay as 13th month package for workers in the state.
The alert of the 13th month salary started reflecting Friday, December 24, as many workers were preparing to do final Christmas shopping.
Many workers called into a phone-in radio programme on Ozisa FM Owerri in the morning of today, December 25, to confirm that the alerts of the payment had been received by workers.
Recall that the governor had on Monday, December 20, revealed in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary and Media Adviser, Oguwike Nwachuku, that he would pay 13th month salary to workers.
He also promised to give the workers Christmas rice through their ministries, while deserving civil servants would be promoted.
Uzodinma told the workers during an interactive session with them in Owerri on Monday, that despite wrong assumptions from certain quarters, his administration held workers in high esteem and would continue to prioritise their welfare.
He also assured that his administration would not owe salaries of all verified 43,000 workers without issues, adding that he did not regard payment of salary as achievement “because the worker deserves his wage.”
The governor has fulfilled his promised as workers have now received the 13th month salary he promised them.
This payment was made to verified 43,000 workers in the state, as workers you had not been receiving salary for months due to ‘inconclusive’ verification exercise did not benefit from this development.