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THE Rivers State House of Assembly appears to be on a head-on collision with the State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, over civil servants’ unpaid salaries.
The lawmakers, who expressed shock at the contrasting reports on the unpaid salaries of workers and the state’s economy, summoned nine of the governor’s aides to appear before the House by 10am on Tuesday to make clarification on the issues.
Those invited, according to the lawmakers, who sat on Monday, are Commissioners for Information, Finance, Tourism, Health, Power, Works, Agriculture, Budget and Transport.
Also, heads of ministries, departments and agencies summoned by the House are the Accountant-General, Chairmen of Board of Internal Revenue, Rivers State Assembly Service Commission and Secondary School Management Board.
This will be the first time the House would summon nine of the governor’s aides to give explanation on the state of River’s economy and unpaid workers’ salaries.
The House had observed that while the state government was insisting that it had paid salaries of civil servants up to March 2015, there were reports that were contrary to such claim.
Meanwhile, the State House of Assembly has suspended three local government caretaker committee chairmen.
The lawmakers said the suspension became necessary following reports of financial recklessness and insecurity within the chairmen’s council areas.