River State Gover, Chibuke Ameachi to civil servants in the state over delayed salary payment.
Amaechi, who traced the delay to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP-led Federal Government, however, assured of timely salaries for workers henceforth with the incoming central government.
The governor was reacting to PDP’s comment that he owed Rivers civil servants salaries.
But in a statement signed by Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mrs. Ibim Semenitari, the governor described the allegation as falsehood.
The statement reads: “The PDP mismanagement of the national revenue and elevation of corruption to national religion is responsible for dwindling federal allocation.
“Recently, the Federal Government had to withhold allocations meant for states, Rivers being one of such unfortunate states.”
It said the allegation was meant to dwindle the cordial relationship existing between Rivers government and the workers.
“We find it ridiculous that PDP and Mr. Nyesom Wike’s media managers show lots of mischief and deliberate distortion of facts. We thought that if they lied during campaigns and electioneering, with election over, they would switch over to basic media style of information sourcing, verification and analysis.”
The governor wondered where PDP got its information that Rivers civil servants were being owed backlog of salaries, stressing that it was PDP that owes Rivers people the return of its revenue allegedly diverted by the Federal Government to other states, as the millions Amaechi spent to fix federal roads in the state.
“Governor Chibuike Amaechi has paid civil servants up to March with plans to commence payment for April.
“Amaechi has committed himself to the welfare of Rivers civil servants these past seven years and exemplified this by regular payment of salaries despite dwindling national revenue.
“Rivers is among five or fewer states of the federation that have been able to keep up with salary payments in the face of empty federal coffers,” the statement said.