The take-home pays of civil servants in Ebonyi state will be subjected to upward review by the state government.
The salaries of the government workers in the southeastern state will be increased by N10,000, the state governor Francis Nwifuru announced on Friday.
Our source reported that the announcement was contained in a statement signed by the governor and shared on his verified Twitter handle.
Nwifuru said that the increase was ratified by the State Executive Council (EXCO) at its meeting on July 13, 2023.
The governor noted that the increment became imperative in light of the rising cost of living occasioned by the subsidy removal.
He said that the increase underscored his administration’s commitment to improving the welfare of civil servants.
Nwifuru also announced that EXCO had approved the employment of 1,454 new civil servants into the state’s civil service.
The statement reads:
EMPLOYMENT OF CIVIL SERVANTS AND INCREMENT OF WORKERS’ SALARIES
The State Executive Council Meeting of July 13, 2023 received a report from the Head of Service on areas we need to employ Ebonyians into various Ministries, Departments, and Agencies of the State Civil Service.
Accordingly, EXCO has approved the employment of 1,454 Ebonyians into the State Civil Service. Additionally, EXCO has as well approved the increase of salaries of our Civil Servants by Ten Thousand Naira (N10,000.00), each.
The governor’s announcement comes at a time when civil servants across the country are facing increasing financial hardship due to the removal of fuel subsidy.
The removal of fuel subsidy by the Bola Tinubu-led federal government has led to a sharp increase in the price of petrol, which has in turn led to an increase in the prices of other goods and services