By PRECIOUS IBINABO DAVIDS, Port Harcourt
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has assured health workers under the Rivers State Emergency Medical Services that their outstanding wages owed them by the immediate past administration will be paid by his administration.
A statement signed by the Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor, Electronic Media, Simeon Nwakaudu, informed that he stated this while addressing the Emergency Medical Services workers at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Monday, Governor Wike said that settling of outstanding salary arrears owed by the immediate past administration has been a major challenge which has been excellently tackled since May 29, 2015.
He said that his administration has carefully managed resources of the state in a manner that has allowed it to pay pension arrears of over seven months, civil servants salary arrears of four months, outstanding salaries of sports athletes and several other arrears inherited from the previous administration.
Governor Wike who was represented at the meeting by his Chief of Staff, Engr Emeka Woke directed the State Commissioner for Health, Dr Theophilus Odagme to work with the State Finance Ministry to ensure that the emergency workers are paid before the end of the month.
He noted that under his leadership no set of workers will be denied their wages like was the case under the immediate past administration.
In his remarks, Rivers State Health Commissioner, Dr Theophilus Odagme assured the emergency health workers that he will always champion their welfare.
He said that the health sector remains a top priority to Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike despite the dwindling resources of the state.