Over 80 political appointees and drivers who served the 7th Imo State House of Assembly meritoriously between 2011 to 2015, yesterday stormed the premises of the Imo state Government House Owerri, in demand of their 2015 May salaries and arrears.
The representatives of the legislative aides and drivers converged in front of the Rockview Hotel, opposite the Imo state government at about 9am on Wednesday morning, before marching into the government to submit a letter.
The letter requested the executive Governor of Imo state, His Excellency, Owelle Rochas Okorocha [image above], to consider their plight and the harsh economic realities that has ravaged their families since they left office in June 2015, to order for the release of their May 2015 salaries.
This is even as they insisted that, the Governors intervention will go a long way in helping them adjust to their present reality of life, as well as reduce the hardship and suffering, they and their families are passing through after leaving office without the payment of their last salary and allowances.
They also offered explanations on the initial misconception that delayed the payment of the salaries, assuring that the appointees’ salaries were duly determined by Revenue Mobilization and Fiscal Commission’s (RAMFC) provisions.
As such, no appointee could has earned higher than what is provided by the regulatory body, except for some senior Aides whose statutory hazard allowances where included in their last salaries or those whose arrears of salaries were correctly added to their salaries.
This altogether amounted to a 4 million naira difference in the amount that was provided for the payment of political appointees of the State Assembly .
Speaking under the condition of anonymity, some members of the group said, their visit was not a not protest but a family visit to the Governor, whom they referred as the leader of their political party.
They said: ‘’ we are here to remind the governor that our May 2015 salaries is yet to be paid to us and that we are yet to settle down after serving the state through the state legislature.
We and members of our families are experiencing untold hardship due to the fact that our little savings was depilated during the 2015 Governorship and House of Assembly elections.
“We are not asking for settlement of any kind but our statutory salaries which we worked and suffered for.
“We have submitted our request letter to the Governor through the office of the Chief of Staff to the Governor in the hope that the leader of our party (Governor) will consider our plight and pay us”
“This will enable us sort out ourselves and gear up to work for the Governor and the party in our respective communities, wards and local governments.’’
While hailing the Governor’s giant strides in the area of human empowerment, education, road construction, health, renovation of the Assembly complex and many other fits, they commended the Governor for his impressive record of payment of salaries before the 25th of every month before the unfortunate drop in allocations accrued to the state.