C’River : Workers laud Governor Otu’s 40,000 Naira salary increment

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By Anthony Ikechukwu

Workers in Cross River State have expressed profound gratitude for the governor’s decision to pay N40,000 living wage to public and civil servants in the State NEGROIDHAVEN can report.

The government of Cross River State, under the leadership of Governor Bassey Out, has announced a 40,000 naira salary increment for state workers, in what many said is a commendable move.

The announcement was made at the U.J Esuene Sports Stadium during the International Workers’ Day celebrations in the state capital, Calabar.

Baring their minds on the gesture, the workers who spoke in Calabar said it is a much-needed relief amidst the current economic challenges plaguing the country.

However, the workers who spoke in separate interviews with Vanguard appealed to the Governor to make good his promise effective from this May payment.

For Festus Eka, an employee of one of the state ministries, who expressed his appreciation, the additional 10,000 naira would go a long way in addressing his family’s basic needs, such as food and utilities.

“I have three children, and this increment will ensure that essentials like garri and noodles are no longer a burden,” Eka remarked.

Similarly, Mrs. Magdalene Asuquo, a staff member of a state agency, emphasized the positive impact the salary increase will have on her family of four.

“The 10,000 naira increment means a lot to us, especially now. It will significantly reduce the burden of buying food items, which have become increasingly expensive,” she said.

Another state employee, Theressa Ogbeche, expressed her delight in witnessing this development while still in service and appealed that the payment should be effected in their May salary.

“The governor’s people first agenda is evident, and this salary increment, coupled with the implementation of arrears and step increments, is a huge leap forward,” she stated.

On his part, the Trade Union Congress (TUC) Chairman, Comrade Monday Ogbodum, commended Governor Bassey Otu for his unwavering commitment to the welfare of Cross River State workers.

According to Ogbodum the salary increment is a tangible demonstration of the governor’s commitment to addressing the economic challenges faced by civil servants and ensuring their well-being adding that this decision would bring the much-needed relief to the state’s workforce.

“A healthy workforce is a productive one, and the governor’s passion for civil servants is a testament to his desire for the state’s growth and development,” Ogbodum remarked.