By; KENNETH ORUSI, Asaba
The All Progressives Congress (APC), Delta State chapter said the N5 billion promised local government staff by the state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, is politically motivated.
“Okowa knows that Deltans are tired of him, recently promised to make Five Billion Naira available for payment of Local Government Council workers because elections are around the corner”.
The party which spoke on Monday through its Publicity Secretary,Ogheneluemu Sylvester Imonina, in a press release said, “For the past three years, Local Government Council workers in Delta State have being living in the throes of poverty, hardship and ridicules because of the unwarranted economic hardship meted on them by the government of Sen. Ifeanyi Okowa.
“Because of political reasons, Ministry of Local Government Affairs was created by Delta State government, and Local Government Council relegated to a position of a Ministry. Recently, President Mahammadu Buhari wanted to free Local Government Council from the jaws of the State by way of financial autonomy, but Delta State government, led by Sen. Okowa connived with the House of Assembly of the State and his like minds from other States and the bill before the National Assembly was strangulated.
“Before now, the song on the lips of Sen. Okowa was/is that it is not his responsibility to pay Local Government Council workers. Constitutionally, he could right. However, in view of the fact that he never allowed direct Federal allocations to Local Government Council, but created an account for siphoning allocations accruing to them, Sen. Okowa is duty/morally bound to pay the salaries of Local Government Council workers. That moral obligation, he abandoned for the past three years”.
The party urged workers to collect the monies/salaries, “for it is their right. However, they should do the needful by voting PDP government out of Delta State, come 2019”.