February 2, 2023

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Non payment of salaries : Abia Assembly sets up commitees to investigate ABSU, Abia Poly

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Non payment of salaries : Abia Assembly sets up commitees to investigate ABSU, Abia Poly

By Leonard Egwuma

Abia House of Assembly on Tuesday set up ad hoc commitees to investigate the non-payment of salaries in some parastatals and agencies of the state government.
The institutions to be investigated include Abia State University (ABSU), Uturu, Abia State Polytechnic, Aba and Abia State College of Education (Technical), Arochukwu.
Others include Abia State School of Health Technology, Aba, Health Management Board (HMB), Umuahia and Broadcasting Corporation of Abia (BCA).
Wawa Global reports that some of these institutions owe salary arears ranging from three to 10 months.
It came up during the plenary, following a motion by the Majority Leader, Mr Solomon Akpulonu, urging the house to look into the issue as a ‘matter to urgent public importance.’
He said: “It is so painful that some agencies of the government that generate revenues and still get subventions from the government cannot pay their workers.
“We are representatives of the people. It is not the government that is not doing her best, it is just that the heads of these institutions are not doing their best.”
Several lawmakers who made their submissions, lamented the situation and said that it was a problem that the house must solve.
The Speaker, Mr Chinedum Orji, who presided over the plenary, listed the members of the committees.
“These committees have been empowered to do the needful.If we must get it right, it must start from here,” he said.
Wawa Global reports that the Abia State House of Assemby Civil Service Commission Bill (2019), also passed its first reading, following a motion moved by Akpulonu, the Majority Leader.
The house adjourned the plenary for Wednesday.

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