Cross River to downsize workforce, prune wage bill

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Cross River Governor Ben Ayade

By Akpan David, Calabar

The Cross River State Head of Service, Mrs Geraldine Akpet-Ekanem and state Accountant-General, Joseph Adie have raised alarm over the bloated monthly wage bill of the state and will soon prune it drastically.

They disclosed this when both had a session with the accounting staff of the state civil service in Calabar to unravel the mystery behind the monthly wage bill increase in the state.

Akpet-Ekanem said, “The State wage bill is increasing at alarming rate monthly and this makes it difficult for Government to address other benefits of Civil Servants.

She said that the state will soon resume automatic payment of pension but that this will depend on the needed cooperation received from the accounting Staff in the State

According to the Head of Service the meeting with accounting Staff became pertinent to enable her get a clearer picture of what the challenges are and the best way to address it collectively.

Towards this Head of Service said she is ready to interface with salary paying Banks for the purpose of reconciling the records relating to unpaid and unclaimed salaries.

Also speaking, the State Accountant General, Joseph Adie said the State Governor is interested in the stability of the State wage bill which reason he publicly declared that there was a mystery in the alarming monthly increase.

The state governor had empowered the Head of Service to dig into the mystery and penalise or fire culprits.

Defending, Civil servants blamed consultants hired by state government for the rot in the system.

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