Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, has stated that he will forgive civil officials who were found guilty of getting double salaries after the government’s salary automation revealed 935 persons who had been paid falsely over the previous ten years.
Uzodinma made the announcement while attending to the parish priest of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Nkwo Emeke in Emekukwu, Owerri North Local Government Area.
The governor, who was present at Sir Jude Ejiogu’s 65th birthday celebration, told the parish priest that the civil servants who are complaining about not getting paid are not telling the whole picture.
He disclosed that those who have not been paid their salaries and arrears are workers in the automated salary scheme caught receiving double salaries for the past ten years.
He said: “I was delighted to have worshipped at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Nkwo Emeke in Emekukwu of Owerri North Local Government Area for the Thanksgiving Mass of Sir Jude Ejiogu as he marks his 65th birthday anniversary.
“The words of the Parish Priest are valuable resources that I have noted and shall continue to improve on the level of progress we have recorded so far in the development of our dear State. However, I took time to address some observations highlighted by the Parish Priest, an eloquent man.
“In the course, I admonished our people for blackmailing the government without coming forward with the actual truth of events. The automation of salary payment to civil servants uncovered a lot of discrepancies on the path of the workers, especially those who had hitherto earned double salary from Government.”
“Nevertheless, I have rescinded the Government’s initial decision of prosecuting offenders, and we will commence the process of a resolution to enable those in that category receive their salary.”