By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRI—Uneasy calm now reigns in Imo State House of Assembly, as the aggrieved workers in the establishment have continued to bare their fangs over the 50 per cent slashing of their monthly emoluments by the state government.
The workers had, last Monday, rejected their salary cheques and embarked on a peaceful demonstration within the Assembly Complex in Owerri over the issue.
Apparently irked by the development, the Assembly staff approached the Speaker, Chief Iheanacho Ihim, and complained bitterly over the reduction of their monthly salaries by the state government.
Speaking on behalf of the workers, Mr. Maurice Amaechi disclosed that the Assembly workers had made budgets based on their actual salaries.
He pointed out that the workers had resolved they would not collect their pay cheques until the state government paid their salaries in full.
Speaking also, the leader of Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria, PASAN, Imo State Chapter, Mr. Peter Ohaebosim, appealed to Chief Ihim to intervene on the matter.
Addressing the workers, Chief Ihim revealed that the salary slash was not peculiar to Assembly staff alone, but cut across the spectrum of state workforce including political appointees.
Ihim attributed the situation to economic meltdown being experienced nationwide, and enjoined the workers to pray and be patient as the situation would get better soon.”