Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma, has approved the payment of 13th month salary to all the civil servants in the state in preparation for the 2022 Christmas and New Year celebrations.
Uzodimma approved the payment for the civil servants at the Imo State Executive Council meeting presided by him on Wednesday.
The state government also paid the civil servants 13th month salary to the admiration of the workers in 2021.
The governor also directed that civil servants who who were due for promotion but suffered stagnation in the past governments in the state be immediately elevated and their new pay effected.
Governor Uzodimma equally said the workers would be given rice and other food items to enable them enjoy the festive season.
Addressing newsmen at the end of the meeting, the Imo State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Declan Emelumba, said the distribution of the food items would take place at the State Secretariat immediately and described the gesture as a “practical demonstration of the principle of shared prosperity” by Governor Uzodimma’s administration.
He stated that the council applauded the governor for the benevolence, noting that “despite the daunting challenges faced by the governor from detractors, he still has the political will and courage to continue to carry out gigantic projects and people-oriented governance to Imo people, hence the council gave rousing ovation and vote of confidence.”
The commissioner disclosed that the full takeover of Federal Medical Centre, Owerri as Federal University of Technology, Owerri Teaching Hospital has been approved adding that the “necessary institutional structures, upgrade of offices and other necessities to make it a full University Hospital is being put in place.”
On the N475 billion 2023 Appropriation Bill presented to the Imo State House of Assembly on Tuesday, Emelumba said the council observed that the document was ready and will soon be signed into law by the governor.