Assembly Passes Workers’ Remuneration Amendment Bill

BY ITEVEH EKPOKPOBE
THE Delta State Remunerations, Salaries, Allowances, Gratuities and Pensions of Certain Public Office Holders and Bodies Amendment Bill has passed second reading in the state House of Assembly.
The second reading of the bill followed a motion moved by the member representing Ndokwa West Constituency and sponsor of the bill, seconded by the Majority Leader, Hon. Tim Owhefere and adopted.
Opening debate, Hon. Azuka Azaka said that the amendment sought on the bill was focused on the remuneration,
salaries and gratuities of political office holders in local government councils.
He said that, as chairman of the House Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, his office had received several complaints from councillors not having
their full salaries and allowances at the end of their tenure in councils.
The lawmaker argued that from findings, he discovered that the amount paid to political office holders in local government councils, particularly councillors was very huge hence; councils were unable to meet other financial commitments for development at the grassroots.
Hon. Azaka said that Delta State had the highest amount of N500, 000 paid to councillors monthly as salary,
while states such as Rivers paid N316, 000, Imo State, N280, 000 and Cross River State, N240, 000.
He said that other states in the federation used federal
wards for their local government councils, which is 10 wards, while Delta used state wards, which was between 19 to 21 wards, depending on the local government
area.

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