The President, Good Leadership Advocacy for Africa (GLAFA) and a Chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Delta State, Dr. O’Diakpo Obire has condemned, in strong terms, the reduction of salaries of civil servants in Delta State, describing it as “callous, reprehensible, wicked, anti-people, and a loud evidence of poor and myopic governance”.

Dr. Obire in a statement signed by him and made available to news men in his office in Abuja, stated that, “it is most shameful for a state that receives one of the highest monthly allocations from the Federal Government to reduce the salaries of civil servants thereby subjecting them to further dehumanization. It is a loud evidence of poor governance that borders on recklessness to squander resources of the State on thousands of political appointees to the detriment of career civil servants who make things work in the state.”

Part of the statement reads, “It is as inconceivable as it is ludicrous for the State Governor to be comfortable paying the salaries of thousands of redundant and unproductive Special Advisers, Special Assistants, Senior Special Assistants, Executive Assistants, etc, but has no qualms in chopping off huge parts of the little salaries of poor civil servants who toil night and day in service to motherland. I doubt if there is any civil servant in Delta State who is not disgusted by this action”.

“When some state governments in Nigeria proactively took steps to diversify their economies by establishing industries that create hundreds of thousands of jobs and generate income, Delta State government was busy recklessly appointing thousands of SAs, SSAs, EAs and others. Now that the ‘chickens have come home to roost’, civil servants salaries must not be cut.

The governor should instead drastically prune down the number of his bloated and redundant SAs, SSAs, EAs and others. In addition, instead of reverting to the old wages, the government should reduce the cost of governance by pruning the number of his aides as listed above, and also reduce official vehicles. These are drain pipes. Civil servants shouldn’t bear the brunt of the Government’s lack of foresight and financial recklessness,” the statement concluded.

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