By Joseph Etta
Fear has gripped Civil Servants in Cross River as impending sack of staffers employed between 2015 to 2019 looms.
A very dependable sources told Daybreak that the Cross River State Government may likely retrenched staffs on it’s payroll who were employed between 2015 to 2019, reason is not far fetch from the lean resources which has made the government unable to pay staff salary.
Our sources, a director in state civil servant commission who prefers to speak off records said the circular went out and was hurriedly withdrawn for fear of protest.
He observed that the state economy is bleeding under poor finance, salary are hardly paid regularly, the government is staggering under heavy debt and lean purse.
Daybreak investigation revealed that over 1,500 teachers were sacked secretly last 2 months ago.
However, the chairman of the Local Education Board – John Ode denied it, but an insider confirms that it’s true. It will be recalled that in our earlier report, Daybreak has reported that Legislators in the State House of Assembly were owed 3 months salary including other entitlements.
A stakeholder, former permanent secretary in the state, Ebri Itam, in an interview with Daybreak confirmed the retrenchment report saying that it’s not far from the truth, “the state is very broke” the money coming in from the Federal allocation monthly cannot even pay salary and the internally generated revenue is not encouraging either.
The elder state man is worried about the governor’s lifestyle which he noted is very exorbitant, you can see his entourage with 20 cars in the fleet. Do you know the cost of fuel for those fleet of cars in a month, it can be used to rehabilitate 2 to 3 10Km roads in a month.