Paul Obiajunwo, PortHarcourt
Rivers State Government has effected the payment of December salaries to all civil servants in the state .
In an interview on Tuesday, Commissioner of Finance, Dr Fred Kpakol stated that the state government has also paid pensions up to date.
The Finance Commussioner noted that Governor Wike directed that banks must ensure that civil servants get their salaries before the Christmas Celebration.
According to him: “We have taken our vouchers to the banks and we have directed the banks to ensure that the salaries get to all the civil servants before Christmas.
“Governor Wike is interested in the welfare of civil servants and pensioners in the state, hence the prompt payment.
“As commissioner of Finance, I am happy that we are up to date in terms of salaries and pensions. “
It will be recalled that Governor Wike inherited four months salary arrears and eight pension arrears from the immediate past Rotimi Amaechi administration, which he settled.
The Wike-led Rivers State Government is one of the four states in the entire country that is up to date in terms of payment of salaries.