Ebonyi State governor, Dave Umahi has dared the organized Labour in the state by declaring that his administration would not continue to pay the 50 percent increment in salaries as demanded by workers.
He spoke Tuesday during Peoples Democratic Party, PDP stakeholders meeting at the party’s secretariat in Abakaliki. The PDP stakeholders meeting was the first under the present administration, since it came on board on May 29th.
Umahi who thanked the workers of the state for their contributions and support during the last election, lamented that after paying the 50 percent increment in their salaries for the month of June, the state had a balance of only N35 million in its coffers.
According to him, he would pay the 50 percent increment only when the economy of the state improves. The governor reiterated his commitment towards fulfilling all the promises he made during his electioneering campaigns and urged party faithful to accept appointive positions given to them by the present administration adding that nobody who worked for the party would be relegated to the background.
“After paying June salaries, we were left with N35 million; I will not pay the demand of workers for increment in salaries but will increase their pay only when the economy increases. They fought for us so much but they should not be gods to us. It is not that there is money and we refuse to pay.
“I want to thank every one of us for your support during the last election; the unity of the PDP is foundational to the prosperity of Ebonyi state and no other party will take the state forward apart from the PDP. PDP is the place and I welcome opposition wonderfully”.
Earlier, the state chairman of the party, Chief Joseph Onwe applauded the governor for his victory at the last election and stressed the need for the party to remain united, strong and vibrant at all times.

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