Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has ordered the suspension of the Permanent Secretary of the state Ministry of Local Government, Chieftaincy Matters and Rural Development over delay in payment of November salary for local government workers.
Umahi also charged the state Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy Matters and Rural Development, the SSA and SA on Local Government and the 13 local government council chairmen to live up to their responsibilities by ensuring that salaries were paid as and when due henceforth.
This was contained in a statement signed by Secretary to the State Government, Dr Kenneth Igwe, on Friday, a copy of which was obtained by Saturday PUNCH.
The statement said, “The Governor of Ebonyi State, His Excellency, Chief David Umahi, has noticed with dismay the delay in the payment of local government staff salary for the month of November.
“In view of this, he has directed the immediate suspension of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Government, Chieftaincy Matters and Rural Development and the Accountant, JAAC for one month without salary.”
The statement added that failure to comply with the directives of the governor would attract severe sanctions.