Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom has directed a reduction in the salaries of all political office holders in the state by 20%.
According to a statement signed on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, by the Secretary to the State government, Emmanuel Ekuwem, the decision is due to the prevailing economic realities of dwindling revenues, caused by the crash in the price of crude oil in the global market.
He said the governor was confronted with an urgent need to take a decision on either of two options.
The options according to Ekuwem include continuing to pay the current salaries for a while and end up being totally unable to pay same subsequently or spread the 20% cut sustainably over a period of time pending the return of crude oil price to normalcy in the global market.
He urged the affected political appointees to note that these measures are temporary, promising that Akwa Ibom State Government will transparently resume full payment of salaries when this dark cloud passes.